Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 15, 693–702, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-693-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 693–702, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-693-2018

Research article 02 Feb 2018

Research article | 02 Feb 2018

Variations and determinants of carbon content in plants: a global synthesis

Suhui Ma et al.

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Plant carbon (C) content is critical to the assessment of the global C cycle. Our results showed that the global average C contents in organs were significantly lower than a canonical value of 50 %. Plant C content tended to decrease with increasing latitude, and life form explained more variation than climate. Our findings suggest that specific C content values of different organs and life forms should be incorporated into the estimations of regional and global vegetation biomass C stocks.
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