Media ReleaseFrom: The Royal Society
Tree species richness increases ecosystem carbon storage in subtropical forests
A large team of researchers measured carbon stocks and fluxes in 27 subtropical forest stands. They found that species-rich stands had faster carbon cycling but also stored more carbon in above- and belowground ecosystem compartments including trees, roots, litter, deadwood and soil than did species-poor stands. These results imply that across China additional carbon worth 300 million Dollars per year could have been fixed from the atmosphere — thereby increasing contributions to combat global warming — if multi-species instead of monoculture planting would have been used in afforestation projects. A change in planting strategies would simultaneously contribute to preserving forest biodiversity.