One of the greatest challenges in quantifying the global carbon balance is to correctly estimate how much carbon is accumulated in biomass versus how much is returned to the atmosphere as product of plant respiration. Alessio, Colin and others tackle this challenge in the recent paper published in Global Change Biology (Collalti et al., 2019). … Continue reading Photosynthesis and biomass both influence plant respiration—a new study by Alessio Collalti, Colin Prentice et al.
Wood density—dry mass per fresh volume (g cm-3)—is one of the most commonly assesed trait in plant ecology and ecophysiology. It is easy to measure and it indicates the amount of carbon a plant invests in wood, which is an important component of plant carbon budget. At the same time, wood density is just one … Continue reading Wood density under a microscope. By Kasia Ziemińska
In today’s issue of Science, Bastin et al. hit back at critics (no less than four technical comments and three letters published today draw attention to errors and/or omissions in their original paper!). They have, at least, withdrawn their misleading claim that tree planting is the “best solution” to climate change. They say that they … Continue reading Alternative facts and carbon cycle. By Colin Prentice