Journal of Applied and Natural Science 6 (2): 383-392 (2014)
Effect of anthropogenic disturbances on biomass and carbon storage
potential of a dry tropical forest in India.
G. V. Pawar, Lalji Singh, M. K. Jhariya* and K. P. Sahu
Department of Forestry College of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur- 492012 (C.G.),
*Corresponding author. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract : The forests of Chhattisgarh ares very well known for its species richness, diversity, biomass, carbon stock
and productivity. The present study was carried out at Katghora forest division under Bilaspur circle of Korba district,
Chhattisgarh considering three sites viz., least, moderately and highly disturbed site to estimate biomass and carbon
storage in relation to anthropogenic disturbances. For collection of data quadrats were selected under stratified
random sampling design. For enumeration of tree and saplings ten quadrats of 10 m × 10 m were laid and each
species counted separately. The tree density varies from 100-510 stems ha-1 across study sites. Total biomass in
the present study was between 127.69 t ha-1 and 227.71 t ha-1. Total above ground biomass was between 111.20 t
ha-1 and 199.42 t ha-1, whereas total below ground biomass varied from 16.49-28.29 t ha-1, respectively. The total
carbon storage across the sites were ranged from 55.125 to 98.548 t C ha-1 found higher under least disturbed site
and lowest under medium disturbed site. Carbon storage pattern according to girth class followed the similar trend of
distribution as was in the case of biomass. It has least proportion in small girth class and maximum storage under
the higher girth class. It is evident from the study that disturbances have significant impact on density, vegetation
diversity, biomass accumulation and carbon storage pattern. Conservation affords are required to control on
disturbances and for the natural recovery of forest ecosystem.
Keywords :Biomass, Carbon storage, Diversity, Species richness, Tropical forests.