Carbon Sequestration Potential of Deodara (Cedrus deodara): A Prominent Medicinal Plant of High Hills
Pandey Krishna K.*, Awasthi Amit K.1
Agricultural Statistics, SK College of Agriculture and Research station, IGKV-Raipur, Kawardha Distt Kabirdham, 491995, Chattisgarh
1V.C.S.G. College of Horticulture, Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Bharsar, Pauri-Garhwal, 246123, Uttarakhand
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A dynamic growth model (CO2FIX) has been used for estimating the carbon sequestration potential of Deodara (Cidrus deodara), an indigenous multipurpose tree used for timber, fuel wood and fiber in addition to its medicinal value. Present study was carried out in V.C.S.G. College of Horticulture, U.U.H.F., Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The location has the longitude 78.59': 20.28'E and latitude 79.00': 30.05'N besides 2000m MSL altitude. The temperature ranged between-4.0 and 28.0oC. It is capable of thriving in snow and heavy rainfall condition. CO2FIX was parameterized for a simulation of 100 years and the results indicate that the long term tree biomass accumulated was 179.27 t/ha in Biomass Carbon (Above Ground Biomass) and 139.67 t/ha in Soil Carbon (Below Ground Biomass) component respectively at the end of simulation period assuming a tree density of 640 ha (approximately). The net annual carbon sequestration for Pine over the entire simulation period was 3.189 Mg C ha−1 yr−1 (t/ha/yr).