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Stanford research finds that diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

Trees in tropical forests are well known for removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing the potent greenhouse gas as carbon in their leafy branches and extensive roots. But a new analysis led by Stanford University researchers finds that large forest animals are also an important part of the carbon cycle.

Mammal diversity influences the carbon cycle through trophic interactions in the Amazon.

The findings are based on more than a million records of animal sightings and activity collected by 340 indigenous technicians in the Amazon during more than three years of environmental surverys, coordinated by ecologist Jose Fragoso and supported by biologist Rodolfo Dirzo, who were working together at Stanford at the time. The team found that places where animals are most diverse correlate with places that have the most carbon sequestered in the soil.

 

Check out their vimeo: https://vimeo.com/218616392

as well as, their website---> https://news.stanford.edu/2017/10/09/animal-biodiversity-important-part-carbon-cycle/