Tropical Forests Carbon Dioxide Consumption Depends on Tree Diversity

17 September 2013

A new study suggests that the capacity of tropical forests to consume carbon dioxide from the atmosphere emitted by fossil fuels is largely dependent on tree diversity. Tropical forests depend on natural nitrogen fertilizer that is infused into the soil by those trees that come from the diverse legume family which includes peas and beans.

According to a study conducted by the Princeton University, a special housing arrangement involving a certain group of tree species and a carbo-loading bacteria can determine how well the tropical forests can take in carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere.

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