Soil carbon storage potential in deodar (Cedrus deodara) Forest of Kumrat Valley, Pakistan

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Soil carbon storage potential in deodar (Cedrus deodara) Forest of Kumrat Valley, Pakistan

Muhammad Amir, Liu Xiaodong, Sajjad Saeed, Adnan Ahmad, Abdul Mannan, Mohammad Nabi, Dilawar Khan, Arif ur Rehman, Muhammad Tariq Badshah, Muhammad Asif Khan, Muhammad Atif Muneer
Int. J. Biosci.14( 3), 92-99, March 2019.
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Soil carbon stock plays an important role in the global carbon cycle. The study was carried out in Kumrat valley to assess the soil organic carbon potential of Cedrus deodara forest along with altitudinal gradient. . The soil organic carbon was analyzed by oxidizable organic carbon. The elevation of the study site ranges from 2360 to 2560 (m). The geographic location of the study site was 35°32’ 11.44 N and 72° 13’45.03’E. The stratified random sampling method was used for soil data collection at the depth of 0-15cm and 16-30cm. The results of the study showed that the average soil pH was recorded at 6.04. The mean soil bulk density was recorded 1.03 (g cm3). The average amount of soil organic carbon stock was recorded 75.45 (t ha-1) at lower elevation while the average amount of soil organic carbon stock was recorded 62.00 (t ha-1) at a higher elevation. Our study showed a decreasing trend of soil carbon with elevation. It’s concluded that potential and capability of soil carbon stocks do not only depend on forest types and altitude but other environmental factors (climate, edaphic, topographic and biological etc.) are responsible for determination of soil carbon stock at a different elevation. Further, the necessary steps should be considered to conserve and protect the forest land, rangeland and agriculture land for the enhancement of soil organic carbon.


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