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Carbon Sequestration Potential of Forest Invasive Species: A Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link

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PROMETHEUS—Unidade de Investigação em Materiais, Energia e Ambiente para a Sustentabilidade, Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua da Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Alvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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MED—Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, Pólo da Mitra, Universidade de Évora, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
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Departamento da Paisagem, Ambiente e Ordenamento, Universidade de Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal
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ICT—Instituto de Ciências da Terra, Universidade de Évora, Rua Romão Ramalho, 59, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal
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Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade de Évora, 7000-083 Évora, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Witold-Roger Poganietz
Received: 9 April 2021 / Revised: 22 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assessment of Biomass for Bioenergy)
Biological invasions are of complex solution, consuming resources for their control and eradication. However, in many of the documented processes that are available, this is an attempt with no solution in sight. The possibility of increasing the pressure over these species while creating value chains has been presented as a method for ensuring the sustainability of their control and eradication processes. In the case of invasive forest species in Portugal, such as Acacia dealbata Link, this control is becoming increasingly important. In addition to the negative impacts on biodiversity, the proliferation of this species has economic implications due to its competition with forest production species such as Pinus pinaster Aiton and Eucalyptus globulus Labill. Another critical aspect to be considered is the increase of the risk of rural fires, which is enhanced by the accumulation of low-value biomass around production forests. In this work, the possibility of using this species as a vehicle for the capture and sequestration of carbon in the medium and long-term was evaluated from a perspective of providing ecosystem services as a measure to mitigate climate change. However, due to its highly heliophilous character, it was found that the growth capacity of this species is rapidly conditioned by the position of each tree within a stand, not being able to maintain that capacity in the medium and long term. View Full-Text
Keywords: Acacia dealbata; energy recovery; carbon capture and sequestration; annual rate of carbon sequestration (ARCS); ecosystem services Acacia dealbata; energy recovery; carbon capture and sequestration; annual rate of carbon sequestration (ARCS); ecosystem services
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Nunes, L.J.R.; Raposo, M.A.M.; Meireles, C.I.R.; Pinto Gomes, C.J.; Almeida Ribeiro, N.M.C. Carbon Sequestration Potential of Forest Invasive Species: A Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. Resources 2021, 10, 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10050051

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Nunes LJR, Raposo MAM, Meireles CIR, Pinto Gomes CJ, Almeida Ribeiro NMC. Carbon Sequestration Potential of Forest Invasive Species: A Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. Resources. 2021; 10(5):51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10050051

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Nunes, Leonel J.R., Mauro A.M. Raposo, Catarina I.R. Meireles, Carlos J. Pinto Gomes, and Nuno M.C. Almeida Ribeiro 2021. "Carbon Sequestration Potential of Forest Invasive Species: A Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link" Resources 10, no. 5: 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/resources10050051

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