Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Biogeosciences, 14, 187–202, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-187-2017

Special issue: Hotspots of greenhouse emissions from terrestrial ecosystems...

Biogeosciences, 14, 187–202, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-187-2017

Research article 12 Jan 2017

Research article | 12 Jan 2017

Smallholder farms in eastern African tropical highlands have low soil greenhouse gas fluxes

David Pelster et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Feb 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by David Pelster on behalf of the Authors (16 Mar 2016)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Mar 2016) by Michael Bahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (07 Apr 2016)
RR by Simona Castaldi (11 Apr 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Apr 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (16 Jun 2016)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jun 2016) by Michael Bahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (23 Oct 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Oct 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (10 Nov 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (18 Nov 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by David Pelster on behalf of the Authors (09 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Dec 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by David Pelster on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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In order to quantify greenhouse gas fluxes from typical eastern African smallholder farms, we measured flux rates every week for 1 year at 59 farms in western Kenya. These upland soils tend to be small sinks for CH4 and small sources of N2O. The management intensity of the farm plots had no effect on emissions, likely because the variability was low. Plots with trees had higher CH4 uptake than other plots. This suggests that emissions from small, low-input farms in this region are quite low.
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