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Tissue carbon concentration of 175 Mexican forest species

Marín Pompa-García (1), José Angel Sigala-Rodríguez (2), Enrique Jurado (3)   , Joel Flores (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 4, Pages 754-758 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2421-010
Published: Aug 05, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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Reliable calculations of carbon stocks in forest ecosystems are crucial for proper implementation of global warming mitigation policies. Accurate estimations depend upon applying the correct factor of carbon (C) concentration for different forest species and tissues instead of the often assumed 50% carbon content. Despite the high forest species richness in Mexico and the increasing CO2 emissions, data on carbon concentrations in forest plant tissues are scarce. In this study, we determined variation in C concentration of different tissues for 175 plant species common in Mexican forests. C contents were estimated and contrasted for plant distribution, taxa, and plant structure (main stems, branches, twigs, bark, leaves, buds, fruits, roots and root cuticles). The mean C concentration across species was 44.7%. Species significantly differed in C concentration by tissue, environment and taxa. These multi-species data contribute to improve precision on estimates of C balance in terrestrial ecosystems, reducing the uncertainty in C inventories in Mexico and elsewhere.


Carbon Sink, Plant Tissue C, Multi-species C, Global Warming

Authors’ address

Marín Pompa-García
Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Río Papaloapan y Blvd. Durango s/n, Colonia Valle del Sur, C.P. 34120 Durango, Dgo. (México)
José Angel Sigala-Rodríguez
Campo Experimental Valle del Guadiana, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias, Carretera Durango-Mezquital km 4.5, C.P. 34170, Durango, Dgo. (México)
Enrique Jurado
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, A.P. 41, Carretera Nacional No. 85, Km 145, C.P. 67700, Linares, N.L. (México)
Joel Flores
Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, División de Ciencias Ambientales, Camino a la Presa San José No. 2055, Colonia Lomas 4a. Sección, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P., C.P. 78216 (México)

Corresponding author



Pompa-García M, Sigala-Rodríguez JA, Jurado E, Flores J (2017). Tissue carbon concentration of 175 Mexican forest species. iForest 10: 754-758. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2421-010

Academic Editor

Ana Rey

Paper history

Received: Mar 08, 2017
Accepted: Jun 15, 2017

First online: Aug 05, 2017
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2017
Publication Time: 1.70 months

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