Relationships between CH4 emission, biomass, and CO2 exchange in a subtropical grassland

G. J. Whiting, J. P. Chanton, D. S. Bartlett, J. D. Happell

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Methane flux was linearly correlated with plant biomass (r = 0.97, n = 6 and r = 0.95, n = 8) at two locations in a Florida Everglades Cladium marsh. One location, which had burned 4 months previously, exhibited a greater increase in methane flux as a function of biomass relative to sites at an unburned location. However, methane flux data from both sites fit a single regression (r = 0.94, n = 14) when plotted against net CO2 exchange suggesting that either methanogenesis in Everglades marl sediments is fueled by belowground root exudation or else factors which enhance photosynthetic production and plant growth are also correlated with methane production and flux in this oligotrophic environment. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13,067-13,071
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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