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The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage

The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage

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Ecoss research demonstrated that grasslands with more diverse plant species pull down and store more carbon per acre: in this illustration, the same plot of soil from a diverse vs.  depauperate grassland shows more belowground investment in deeper roots and denser storage of carbon in a diverse array of plants.  Ecoss quantified this difference in a way that predicts the carbon storage capacity of whole landscapes, a large step toward empowering land managers to make decisions based on the climate effects of conserving biodiversity.

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