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Interpretation of soil delta(13)C as an indicator of vegetation change in African savannas

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Question: The relationship between carbon-13 in soil organic matter and C3 and C4 plant abundance is complicated because of differential productivity, litter fall and decomposition. As a result, applying a mass balance equation to δ13C data from soils cannot be used to infer past C3 and C4 plant abundance; only the proportion of carbon derived from C3 and C4 plants can be estimated. In this paper, we compare δ13C of surface soil samples with vegetation data, in order to establish whether the ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE More from this journal
Volume:
15
Issue:
3
Pages:
339-350
Publication date:
2004-06-01
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ISSN:
1100-9233
Language:
English
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pubs:210640
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uuid:fcf17668-0379-4cb1-a8cb-4ca86d0446a9
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pubs:210640
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210640
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2013-11-16

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