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Coverage of aboveground biomass since July 22, 2020.

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An OU-led study sheds new insight on forest loss and degradation in Brazilian Amazon

"...Tropical forests in the Amazon account, Qin notes, for approximately 50% of the rainforests in the world and are important for global biodiversity, hydrology, climate and the carbon cycle. Accurate and timely data on vegetation aboveground biomass and forest area in the region at various spatial and temporal scales are also essential for data-based policies and decision making. This international team harnessed diverse data for monitoring, reporting and verification of tropical forests..."

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Mountain high: Andean forests have high potential to store carbon under climate change

"..."The amount of carbon that is stored in the aboveground biomass in the stems and leaves of trees is actually increasing through time, potentially offsetting some of the carbon dioxide emissions that are released to the atmosphere," said Tello, an associate scientist at the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical Garden..."

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Introducing the Plant Phenomics & Precision Agriculture Collection

"...Several papers in the Collection focus on the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for phenotyping and surveillance of crop status. In their study, Grüner and colleagues tested whether UAV-based multispectral and textural monitoring could predict aboveground biomass and nitrogen fixation in grass-legume mixtures [9]. Their results showed great promise for this approach, with strong evidence for the importance of including textural information in prediction models..."

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The biggest trees capture the most carbon: Large trees dominate carbon storage in forests

"...Older, large-diameter trees have been shown to store disproportionally massive amounts of carbon compared to smaller trees, highlighting their importance in mitigating climate change, according to a new study in 21 inches or >53. 3 cm) on National Forest lands within Oregon and Washington. They found that despite only accounting for 3% of the total number of trees on the studied plots, large trees stored 42% of the total above-ground carbon within these forest ecosystems..."

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Cover crop roots are an essential key to understanding ecosystem services

"...To judge the overall effectiveness of cover crops and choose those offering the most ecosystem services, agricultural scientists must consider the plants' roots as well as above-ground biomass, according to Penn State researchers who tested the characteristics of cover crop roots in three monocultures and one mixture..."

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Lightning strikes more than 100 million times per year in the tropics

"...Forests that experience more lightning strikes each year have fewer large trees per hectare, perhaps because the large individual trees in these forests stand out more, higher rates of woody biomass turnover (more tree biomass dies each year) and less total aboveground biomass. But more burning questions remain. No one knows why some trees survive lightning strikes while others die, although it is likely that trees have evolved ways of coping with such a common threat..."

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Outcomes of a native bamboo on biomass and carbon stocks of a neotropical biodiversity hotspot

"...To evaluate the impact of a native bamboo on biomass and carbon stocks of an Atlantic Forest Protected Area, we first developed an allometric equation to estimate its live aboveground biomass (AGB) based on the destructive sampling method..."

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Paludification reduces black spruce growth rate but does not alter tree water use efficiency in Canadian boreal forested peatla

"...Further research on carbon allocation strategies is of utmost importance to understand the carbon sink capacity of these widespread ecosystems in the context of climate change, and to make appropriate forest management decisions in the boreal biome..."

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Boreal forests will be more severely affected by projected anthropogenic climate forcing than mixedwood and northern hardwood f

"...Context Increased anthropogenic climate forcing is projected to have tremendous impacts on global forest ecosystems, with northern biomes being more at risk..."

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Provenance- and life-history stage-specific responses of the dwarf shrub Calluna vulgaris to elevated vapour pressure deficit

"...AP and SAP responded with increasing belowground biomass ?13C signatures to eVPD, whereas ?13C values decreased for SCP..."

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Integrating Ecological Stoichiometry to Understand Nutrient Limitation and Potential for Competition in Mixed Pasture Assemblag

"...Methods This study established a model mixed pasture system to assess tissue C:N and C:P stoichiometry and aboveground biomass (AGB) in a grass (Phalaris aquatica) and legume (Trifolium vesiculosum) under factorial inputs of high and low nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), in monoculture and mixture..."

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Beyond trees: Mapping total aboveground biomass density in the Brazilian savanna using high-density UAV-lidar data

"...However, their ability to store and sequester carbon is uncertain due to combined and intermingling effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change, which impact wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics..."

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Legacy effect of warming on the heterotrophic respiration of alpine grassland on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

"...Belowground biomass, microbial biomass, and diversity indices showed no significant differences among treatments in 2018 or 2019..."

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Varying interactive effects of climate, soil properties, and gross nitrogen dynamics on biomass production between the topsoil a

"...In the topsoil, mean annual precipitation influenced gross N mineralization by altering total microbial activity and, in turn, influencing aboveground biomass..."

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Annual and 16-Day Rangeland Production Estimates for the Western United States

"...Herbaceous aboveground biomass at this scale and resolution provides critical information applicable for management and decision making, particularly in the face of annual grass invasion and woody encroachment of rangeland systems..."

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Comparative development of the four tallest conifer species

"...The tallest conifers—Picea sitchensis, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Sequoia sempervirens, Sequoiadendron giganteum—are widely distributed in western North America, forming forests > 90 m tall with aboveground biomass ≥ 2000 Mg ha−1..."

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Carbon sequestration benefits of the grain for Green Program in the hilly red soil region of southern China

"...The carbon sequestration of each carbon pool (namely aboveground biomass, belowground biomass, soil, and dead organic matter) also increased slightly..."

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