Can large herbivores enhance ecosystem carbon persistence?

Jeppe A. Kristensen*, Jens Christian Svenning, Katerina Georgiou, Yadvinder Malhi

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

There is growing interest in aligning the wildlife conservation and restoration agenda with climate change mitigation goals. However, the presence of large herbivores tends to reduce aboveground biomass in some open-canopy ecosystems, leading to the possibility that large herbivore restoration may negatively influence ecosystem carbon storage. Belowground carbon storage is often ignored in these systems, despite the wide recognition of soils as the largest actively-cycling terrestrial carbon pool. Here, we suggest a shift away from a main focus on vegetation carbon stocks, towards inclusion of whole ecosystem carbon persistence, in future assessments of large herbivore effects on long-term carbon storage. Failure to do so may lead to counterproductive biodiversity and climate impacts of land management actions.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Vol/bind37
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)117-128
Antal sider12
ISSN0169-5347
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2022

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