Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-1299-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-1299-2016
Research article
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02 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 02 Mar 2016

Windthrows increase soil carbon stocks in a central Amazon forest

Leandro T. dos Santos, Daniel Magnabosco Marra, Susan Trumbore, Plínio B. de Camargo, Robinson I. Negrón-Juárez, Adriano J. N. Lima, Gabriel H. P. M. Ribeiro, Joaquim dos Santos, and Niro Higuchi

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In the Amazon forest, wind disturbances can create canopy gaps of many hundreds of hectares. We show that inputs of plant litter associated with large windthrows cause a short-term increase in soil carbon stock. The degree of increase is related to soil clay content and tree mortality intensity. The higher carbon content and potentially higher nutrient availability in soils from areas recovering from windthrows may favor forest regrowth and increase vegetation resilience.
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