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Volume 13, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 13, 6183–6190, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-6183-2016
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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.
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