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Title: Forest understories controlled the soil organic carbon stock during the fallow period in African tropical forest: a 13C analysis
Authors: Sugihara, Soh
Shibata, Makoto  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Mvondo Ze, Antoine D.
Tanaka, Haruo
Kosaki, Takashi
Funakawa, Shinya  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Author's alias: 杉原, 創
柴田, 誠
田中, 治夫
小﨑, 隆
舟川, 晋也
Keywords: Agroecology
Carbon cycle
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2019
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 9
Thesis number: 9835
Abstract: Soil organic carbon (SOC) dynamics after slash-burn agriculture are poorly understood in African tropical forest, though recent studies have revealed C4 grass invasion as a forest understory influences SOC dynamics after deforestation. This study aimed to quantify the relative SOC contribution of C4 and C3 plants separately through the sequential fallow periods of forest (cropland, or 4–7, 20–30, or >50 years of fallow forest) in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. We evaluated the SOC stock and natural 13C abundance for each layer. The SOC stock was largest in 4–7 years fallow forest (136.6 ± 8.8 Mg C ha−1; 100 cm depth, and C4:C3 = 58:42), and decreased with increasing fallow period. SOC from C4 plants was larger in the 4–7 and 20–30 years fallow forests (57.2–60.4 ± 5.8 Mg C ha−1; 100 cm depth), while it clearly decreased in >50 years fallow forest (35.0 ± 4.1 Mg C ha−1; 100 cm depth), resulting in the smallest SOC in this mature forest (106.4 ± 12.9 Mg C ha−1; 100 cm depth). These findings indicate that C4 grass understories contributed to the SOC restoration during early fallow succession in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon.
Description: アフリカ熱帯林の焼畑-休閑サイクルにおいて休閑初期の草本植生の侵入が土壌肥沃度の回復を早めることを発見. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2019-07-31.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/s41598-019-46406-2
PubMed ID: 31285565
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