Muskox boost Arctic-mire carbon uptake

Animals graze around half the land on Earth, affecting the plants that grow there, the soil, and the carbon sink. Now, a team from Lund University, Sweden, and Aarhus University in Denmark has found that excluding muskox (Ovibos moschatus) from mires in Greenland reduces their carbon uptake but increases their methane emissions.

2015.06.04 | Lillian Magelund Jensen

Animals graze around half the land on Earth, affecting the plants that grow there, the soil, and the carbon sink. Now, a team from Lund University, Sweden, and Aarhus University in Denmark has found that excluding muskox (Ovibos moschatus) from mires in Greenland reduces their carbon uptake but increases their methane emissions. Read more.

Read the paper by Julie Maria Falk et al. ‘Large herbivore grazing affects the vegetation structure and greenhouse gas balance in a high arctic mire’.

 

 

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