Fine root dynamics within land-use change from tropical forests to agriculture: A systematic review protocol

Persch Sebastian, Clendenning Jessica, Dawson Lorna, Jourdan Christophe. 2015. Fine root dynamics within land-use change from tropical forests to agriculture: A systematic review protocol. Bogor : CIFOR, 26 p. (CIFOR working paper, 200)

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Abstract : Conversion of tropical forests to agriculture contributes significantly to global warming, causing an estimated 12-18% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, estimates of ecosystem carbon fluxes are not accurate mainly because of the limited understanding of their belowground components. Root dynamics, i.e. root production, mortality and decomposition, are crucial elements of ecosystem functioning; an understanding of root dynamics is required to estimate the carbon cycle accurately. This systematic review will assess the current evidence for how tropical and subtropical forest degradation and land-use changes to agriculture affects fine root dynamics. Several stages of forest degradation will be examined during the review process, including current agricultural conversion systems, such as oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia and soybean plantations and pastures in Latin America. The search strategy will follow a specific a priori review protocol. Searches will be conducted in English across six different scientific databases and Google Scholar will be used to ensure comprehensiveness of the evidence base. The retrieved articles will undergo a three-stage screening by title, abstract and full text using predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria. Screening consistency will be evaluated using kappa tests. From the final list of included studies, relevant information on fine root dynamics (i.e. rates and methods used), summary statistics (i.e. mean and variance), ecosystem (i.e. forest type or agricultural system), geographical location and climate and soil variables will be extracted and entered into a database. A meta-analysis will be conducted on subgroups such as root production, root mortality and root decomposition, to show how land-use change affects different components of fine root dynamics. The review will also synthesize the current methods used to assess fine root dynamics and discuss their methodological limitations and variances. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, Déboisement, Changement de couvert végétal, Changement climatique, Gaz à effet de serre, Système racinaire, Culture itinérante, Glycine max, Élevage, Elaeis guineensis, Agriculture intensive, Impact sur l'environnement, Utilisation des terres, Analyse de données, Documentation

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Amérique latine, Afrique, Asie du Sud-Est

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
K70 - Forest injuries and protection
F62 - Plant physiology - Growth and development
F40 - Plant ecology
C30 - Documentation and information

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Persch Sebastian, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Clendenning Jessica, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Dawson Lorna, James Hutton Institute (GBR)
  • Jourdan Christophe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR Eco&Sols (FRA)

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