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Mangroves as a major source of soil carbon storage in adjacent seagrass meadows
Chen, G.; Azkab, M.H.; Chmura, G.L.; Chen, S.; Sastrosuwondo, P.; Ma, Z.; Dharmawan, I.W.E.; Yin, X.; Chen, B. (2017). Mangroves as a major source of soil carbon storage in adjacent seagrass meadows. NPG Scientific Reports 7(42406): 10 pp.
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322; e-ISSN 2045-2322, more
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  • Chen, G.
  • Azkab, M.H.
  • Chmura, G.L.
  • Chen, S.
  • Sastrosuwondo, P.
  • Ma, Z.
  • Dharmawan, I.W.E.
  • Yin, X.
  • Chen, B.

    Mangrove forests have the potential to export carbon to adjacent ecosystems but whether mangrovederived organic carbon (OC) would enhance the soil OC storage in seagrass meadows adjacent to mangroves is unclear. In this study we examine the potential for the contribution of mangrove OC to seagrass soils on the coast of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. We found that seagrass meadows adjacent to mangroves had significantly higher soil OC concentrations, soil OC with lower delta C-13, and lower bulk density than those at the non-mangrove adjacent meadows. Soil OC storage to 30 cm depth ranged from 3.21 to 6.82 kg C m(-2), and was also significantly higher at the mangrove adjacent meadows than those non-adjacent meadows. delta C-13 analyses revealed that mangrove OC contributed 34 to 83% to soil OC at the mangrove adjacent meadows. The delta C-13 value of seagrass plants was also different between the seagrasses adjacent to mangroves and those which were not, with lower values measured at the seagrasses adjacent to mangroves. Moreover, we found significant spatial variation in both soil OC concentration and storage, with values decreasing toward sea, and the contribution of mangrovederived carbon also reduced with distance from the forest.

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