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More extreme droughts could negatively affect carbon sequestration.

 

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A new article explains that understanding the seasonality of photosynthesis can help scientists assess whether or not the Amazon is under stress and how it handles and recovers from stress.
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Rainforest greener during ‘dry’ season

Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Summary:

At 2.7 million square miles, the Amazon Jungle is the world’s largest rainforest. Researchers now believe the rainforest has different levels of photosynthesis, with more during the dry season. They report that more extreme droughts due to climate change could negatively affect the rainforest’s ability to sequester carbon through photosynthesis.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.