Articles | Volume 15, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 15, 4609–4626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4609-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4609–4626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4609-2018

Research article 27 Jul 2018

Research article | 27 Jul 2018

Seagrass community-level controls over organic carbon storage are constrained by geophysical attributes within meadows of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Elizabeth Fay Belshe et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Mar 2018) by Peter van Bodegom
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ED: Publish as is (16 Jul 2018) by Peter van Bodegom
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This work aimed to see if easy-to-measure characteristics of seagrass plants can be used to identify differences in sediment organic carbon (OC) storage. We found clear differences in three characteristics thought to influence sediment OC; however, these differences did not translate into different amounts of sediment OC, and sediment OC was very low. This highlights the complexity of OC cycling in seagrasses and cautions against the use of plant characteristics as a proxy for OC storage.
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