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The decline of forest elephant populations reduces carbon stocks in biomass

By 16th July 2019 No Comments

Forest elephants have played an important role in shaping the structure of Africa’s rainforest. The species is now threatened by extinction, which could lead to a reduction in forest biomass and a decline in carbon stocks of up to 7%, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience by researchers in Italy, France, Brazil and the US.

The French members of the team are at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (IPSL-LSCE CEA/CNRS/UVSQ) and the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Biogéosciences, UMR 6282 CNRS).

Read the research paper: Carbon stocks in central African forests enhanced by elephant disturbance. Fabio Berzaghi et alNature Geoscience 10.1038/s41561-019-0395-6.

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