Articles | Volume 15, issue 14
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, Dieuwke Hoeijmakers, Natalia Herran, Matern Mtolera, and Mirta Teichberg


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Mar 2018) by Peter van Bodegom
AR by E. Fay Belshe on behalf of the Authors (08 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 May 2018) by Peter van Bodegom
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 May 2018)
ED: Publish as is (16 Jul 2018) by Peter van Bodegom
Short summary
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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