Carbon Dynamics in Quercus semecarpifolia (Kharsu Oak) and Quercus floribunda (Moru Oak) Forests of Garhwal Himalaya, India

  • Suchita DimriEmail author
  • Pratibha Baluni
  • C. M. Sharma
Research Article


Oaks are the canopy forming, climax keystone species of moist temperate forest of Garhwal Himalaya whose biomass and carbon cycling data is obscure. Patterns of biomass and carbon pool of Quercus semecarpifolia (Kharsu Oak) and Quercus floribunda (Moru Oak) were quantified in Garhwal Himalaya. The dead organic matter (DOM) contributed 9.13 and 8.66% to the carbon pool in Kharsu Oak and Moru Oak forests respectively. The bole biomass contributed 71% (282.01 Mg/ha) and 59% (280.51 Mg/ha) and stump-root biomass contributed 62% (70.34 Mg/ha) and 60% (68.60 Mg/ha) significantly to the live carbon respectively in above two forests. Oak forests have great potential for enhanced future carbon stocks suggesting the relevance of DOM as a significant contributor to carbon pool in Oaks of Garhwal Himalaya.


Dead organic matter Above ground biomass Bole biomass Woody debris Litter carbon Deadwood 



The authors thank University Grant Commission (New Delhi) for providing research fellowship. One of the authors (CMS) is thankful to Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, for providing the financial support vide Project No. SERB/SR/SO/PS/14/2010.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyHNB Garhwal UniversitySrinagar GarhwalIndia

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