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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:5, May, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(5): 418-428

Emission of Methane from Dead Trees / Snags of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forest Ecoregions
Muthu Kumar1*, R. Ezhumalai2, A. K. Pandey3 and M. Srinivasa Rao4
1Department of Forest Protection, Institute of Wood Science and Technology, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560003, Karnataka, India
 2Department of Timber Mechanics, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
3Alkem Health Science Ltd., Sikkim, India
4Chief General Manager (Planning), FDCM, Maharashtra, India
*Corresponding author

Methane emission from various sources of biosphere contributes to the global warming/climate change related problems. Methane release from standing dead or age old trees, a new-fangled source for emission of CH4, was investigated. The experiment was carried out in tropical and sub-tropical forest ecoregions of Western Ghats of India. A standardized protocol was formulated for sampling and analysis of the gas samples collected from dead/decay trees. Based on our standardized protocol maximum and minimum emission of CH4 concentration was recorded. The result confirms that dead trees in forests release significant quantity of methane and henceforth could be another source contributing to global warming. Our data suggest that the average methane emission from dead trees of Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) was 1949.89 ppm, Matti (Terminalia tomentosa) was 4630.36 ppm, Teak (Tectona grandis) was 1561.92 ppm and Shisham (Dalbergia sisso) was 3059.45 ppm.

Keywords: Methane flux, Decay trees; Tropical forests; Western Ghats; Global warming

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Muthu Kumar, A., R. Ezhumalai, A. K. Pandey and Srinivasa Rao, M. 2021. Emission of Methane from Dead Trees / Snags of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forest Ecoregions.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(5): 418-428. doi:
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