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Aboveground biomass production of Melocanna baccifera and Bambusa tulda in a sub-tropical bamboo forest in Lengpui, North-East India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Science, Mizoram University, Tanhril, Post Box 190, Aizawl, India
  • 2Department of Environmental Science, Mizoram University, Tanhril, Post Box 190, Aizawl, India
  • 3Department of Environmental Science, Mizoram University, Tanhril, Post Box 190, Aizawl, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (7), Pages 23-28, July,22 (2018)

Abstract

Bamboo forests contributes about half of the total forest cover (49.1%) of Mizoram- one of the eight states of North-East India. Melocanna baccifera (Mb) and Bambusa tulda (Bt) are the two most common bamboo species found here. In the present study it was found that culm age structure was preponderant towards older culm age class than younger age class in both types of stand. The total aboveground biomass of Mb was 106.68Mg/ha and Bt was 97.00Mg/ha. Leaf biomass was higher than branch biomass in both species. Culm component have higher carbon storage in both species and least carbon storage was observed in branch component in Mb and leaf component in Bt. Soil organic C was more (2.40%) in Mb stand than Bt stand (1.96%).

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