Tropical carbon sink accelerated by symbiotic dinitrogen fixation, Nature, 10 December 2019

Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Michiel van Breugel was listed as a co-author in a study published in Nature. In the study, the authors explored how nitrogen-fixing trees in tropical rainforests could capture carbon from the atmosphere. By combining field observations from Panamanian tropical forests and a new model of nitrogen and light competition at the scale of individual trees, the authors estimate that including nitrogen-fixing trees in Neotropical reforestation projects could capture 6.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years, highlighting the connection between plant diversity and the critical ecosystem service of carbon sequestration for mitigating climate change.


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