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Decomposing logs show local factors undervalued in climate change predictions


June 2, 2014

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In a long-term analysis conducted across several sites in the Eastern U.S., a team of researchers found that local factors--from levels of fungal colonization to the specific physical locations of the wood--play a far greater role than climate in wood decomposition rates and the subsequent impacts on regional carbon cycling. Because decomposition of organic matter strongly influences the storage of carbon it is a major factor in potential changes to the climate.Full Story

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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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