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From Houghton, 2003.

From Houghton, 2003.

ter. Matamala et al. (2003) note that any estimates of belowground carbon inputs need to pay careful attention to the species of vegetation involved, and also to study root turnover rates by at least two different methods, as we noted in Chapter 2 on studies of root turnover. The implications of these much longer mean residence times of forest tree fine roots, if proven to be a general occurrence, are quite large and deserving of further study by terrestrial ecologists.

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