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BG | Volume 15, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 15, 4033–4045, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4033-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 4033–4045, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4033-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 03 Jul 2018

Research article | 03 Jul 2018

Contributions of the direct supply of belowground seagrass detritus and trapping of suspended organic matter to the sedimentary organic carbon stock in seagrass meadows

Toko Tanaya et al.

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We empirically show that not only suspended-particle trapping but also the direct supply of belowground seagrass detritus can be the dominant organic carbon enrichment pathway of seagrass sediments. The relative importance of these two pathways may depend on the belowground biomass productivity. Our work identifies a previously overlooked factor controlling the carbon sink capacity of seagrass meadows and contributes to more precise estimates of global blue carbon stocks.
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