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Small Trees Make Big Impact in Climate Change Fight

January 29, 2019 |

Nicholas A. Tonelli from Northeast Pennsylvania, USA [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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“When it comes to trees storing carbon, don’t underestimate the little guys, according to new study.

Trees absorb  from the atmosphere and store it in their roots and leaves. Florida International University ecologist Jason Vleminckx and a team of researchers found small trees can store carbon for an average of 74 years, whereas big trees can store it for an average of 54 to 57 years. That’s because the small ones grow slower and live longer than the big ones.

“Small trees in the understory get limited sunlight. This actually makes them very efficient and competitive,” said Vleminckx, a postdoctoral researcher in FIU’s Department of Biological Sciences. “The study highlights the importance of considering forests as a whole when assessing carbon stocks.”…”

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