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Volume 13, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 13, 6183–6190, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-6183-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 13, 6183–6190, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-6183-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 17 Nov 2016

Research article | 17 Nov 2016

Changes in soil carbon and nutrients following 6 years of litter removal and addition in a tropical semi-evergreen rain forest

Edmund Vincent John Tanner et al.
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Tropical rain forest are likely to grow more, and produce more litterfall, as a result of increasing temperature and carbon dioxide. We experimentally doubled litterfall in large plots in forest in Panama; there were also removal plots. After 6 years of continuously adding litter, we found that soil organic matter and many plant-available nutrients were increased down to as far as 30 cm into the soil. This increase in organic carbon in the soil reduces the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Tropical rain forest are likely to grow more, and produce more litterfall, as a result of...
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