Journal ID : AMA-02-02-2023-11983
[This article belongs to Volume - 54, Issue - 02]
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Title : Assessing the Carbon Sequestration and Oxygen Release Potential of Trees and Shrubs under High Density Plantation

Abstract :

Mixed tree plantations can be a good silvicultural alternative for climate change mitigation. The carbon sequestration estimated in trees and shrubs from the previous study indicated that there are certain tree species with high ability to fix atmospheric carbon dioxide into tree biomass. In order to understand how carbon storage and allocation patterns vary among different plantation types, the present study was carried out to compare the performance of two different plantation sites (BSA 1: 14 species of 10 families and BSA 2: 14 species including 7 trees and 7 shrubs of 11 families). Based on the results, the highest biomass accumulation was observed in BSA 1(6.82 tonnes of biomass per ha per year) and the lowest mean biomass production was observed in BSA 2 (3.10 tonnes of biomass per ha per year). Likewise, the highest total carbon sequestration and oxygen release potential was recorded in BSA 1 (4.26 tonnes of carbon per ha per year, 11.36 tonnes of oxygen per ha per year). The results revealed that out of two study areas studied, the experimental site with tree species showed better performance when compared to the site planted with trees and shrubs. Azadirachta indica, Thespesia populnea, Pongamia pinnata and Terminalia catappa were the tree species that contribute for high carbon sequestration in the BSA 1. The present study suggest that selection of correct choice of tree species for plantation would enhance more carbon sequestration, high oxygen release and improved environmental quality.

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