Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 18, 2609–2625, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2609-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 2609–2625, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2609-2021

Research article 26 Apr 2021

Research article | 26 Apr 2021

The role of termite CH4 emissions on the ecosystem scale: a case study in the Amazon rainforest

Hella van Asperen et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Feb 2021) by Tina Treude
AR by Hella van Asperen on behalf of the Authors (11 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (13 Feb 2021) by Tina Treude
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (13 Feb 2021)
ED: Publish as is (25 Feb 2021) by Tina Treude
AR by Hella van Asperen on behalf of the Authors (05 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript

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AA by Hella van Asperen on behalf of the Authors (19 Apr 2021)   Author's adjustment  
EA: Adjustments approved (21 Apr 2021) by Tina Treude
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Termites are insects that are highly abundant in tropical ecosystems. It is known that termites emit CH4, an important greenhouse gas, but their absolute emission remains uncertain. In the Amazon rainforest, we measured CH4 emissions from termite nests and groups of termites. In addition, we tested a fast and non-destructive field method to estimate termite nest colony size. We found that termites play a significant role in an ecosystem's CH4 budget and probably emit more than currently assumed.
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