Tropical Trees ‘Fix’ Themselves Quickly After Being Logged; Implications For Aforestation Projects

September 16, 2013 5:35 AM

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Tropical Trees ‘Fix’ Themselves Quickly After Being Logged; Implications For Aforestation Projects

According to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, or STRI, in the Republic of Panama, the latest discovery, that tropical trees have the ability to capture or “fix” nitrogen from the air and release it into the soil helping the forest around them grow back, has comprehensive consequences for forest-restoration projects to reduce global warming.

“This is the first solid case showing how nitrogen fixation by tropical trees directly affects the rate of carbon recovery after agricultural fields are abandoned,” Jefferson Hall, a staff scientist at STRI, said in a statement. “Trees turn nitrogen fixation on and off according to the need for nitr...

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