Tree diversity branches out carbon capture potential

A greater amount of carbon could be captured and stored if more diverse tree species are planted along with key species.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia used data collected from existing studies, analysing and comparing the carbon sequestration in mixed tree plantings as opposed to monoculture plantings.

The carbon stored in the tree trunks and branches, or above ground tree biomass, was the central focus of the study.

It was found that mixed plantations store at least equal amounts of carbon as the monoculture plantations, and occasionally out-sequestered them.

A greater understanding of tree carbon capture could help develop guidelines for more efficient carbon capture initiatives in the future.

Read more at University of Western Australia