Healing the scars: Tropical rainforest carbon cycling:
Does it matter which tree species you plant?
Tropical rainforest that was cleared, converted to cattle pasture and grazed for decades is now being reforested. But do all tree species in these restorations have the same capacity to capture carbon and mitigate global warming?
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Many tropical tree species look alike — same size and leaf shape — but they can differ in their traits, which can determine how fast they can grow, and how much carbon they take out of the atmosphere. Let's visit a long-term project in Costa Rica to explore how differences in carbon cycling traits at the whole-plant level translate into differences at the global level. Let's connect the dots across scales and disciplines and consider various solutions for reducing our own carbon footprint and its impact on global warming.