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Carbon stock in Kolli forests, Eastern Ghats (India) with emphasis on aboveground biomass, litter, woody debris and soils

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Mohanraj, R., Saravanan, J., & Dhanakumar, S. 2010. “Carbon stock in Kolli forests, Eastern Ghats (India) with emphasis on aboveground biomass, litter, woody debris and soils” iForests, vol. 41, pp. 61-65.

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Department of Environmental Management, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, IND-620024 India


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Species Info

  • Terminalia paniculata (native)
  • Myristica dactyloides (native)
  • Scolopia crenata ,(native)
  • Prunus ceylanica (native)
  • Syzygium cumini(native)
  • Tectona grandis (native)
  • Terminalia chebula (native)
  • Spondias pinnata (native)
  • Anogeissus latifolia (native)
  • Albizia amara (native)
  • Albizia lebbek (native)


  • Given the recent focus on creating and conserving tropical forest carbon sinks, the authors of this paper attempt to estimate existing carbon stock in the above ground biomass, litter, debris and soils of different forest types of Kolli forest, of Tamilnadu, India.
  • In the Kolli hills, 26 quadrates of 25x25m were installed during September 2009. All trees with diameter at breast height greater than 0.3 m were counted, measured (diameter and height), and classified. Aboveground biomass was calculated using the allometric equation developed by Mani & Parthasarathy (2007).
  • Soil samples were collected at three depths (0-10 cm, 10-20 cm and 20-30 cm) and coarse woody debris and leaf litter were also measured.
  • The organic carbon content of forest soil varied from 1.71 to 12.59%. The total carbon stock of soil, surface litter, coarse wood debris and total above ground biomass were estimated as 5.54, 0.034, 0.001 and 4.49 Tg C, respectively.
  • The land cover analysis revealed a total area of 26,587.8 ha covered by forests in Kolli Hills. Among different forest types, mixed deciduous forest cover the major portion of forested land. Total carbon stock distribution decreased in the following order: deciduous, mixed, evergreen, open scrub, and plantation.





Geographical Region

  • South Asia
  • Country

  • India
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