Articles | Volume 6, issue 3
Solid Earth, 6, 799–810, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-799-2015
Solid Earth, 6, 799–810, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-799-2015

Research article 02 Jul 2015

Research article | 02 Jul 2015

Vegetation in karst terrain of southwestern China allocates more biomass to roots

J. Ni et al.

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The root biomass study of karst (limestone and dolomite) vegetation in southwestern China and even in the word’s karst regions is rarely investigated. The mixed evergreen and deciduous broadleaved forest in karst terrain of SW China has higher root biomass, but very high ratio of root to aboveground biomass compared to non-karst subtropical evergreen broadleaved forests. Such findings have significant ecological meanings for vegetation restoration and carbon increment.