Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 139–144 | Cite as

Aboveground biomass and carbon stock are related with soil humidity in a mangrove at the Piraquê-Açu River, Southeastern Brazil

  • José Thales da Motta Portillo
  • Vinícius LondeEmail author
  • Francisco Wagner Araújo Moreira


In Brazil, few studies have been conducted about the assimilation of carbon and biomass accumulation in mangroves despite its great role as a carbon sink. In this sense, this study aimed to estimate the aboveground biomass (AGB) and carbon stocked by mangrove species in a stretch along the Piraquê-Açu River in southeastern Brazil, and to verify their relation with some soil parameters. For such, the height and diameter of all trees inside six plots of 100 m2 were measured and used to quantify AGB through an allometric equation, and soil samples were collected to calculate granulometry, humidity, time of infiltration and permeability. Multiple regressions were used to identify relations between AGB and soil parameters. A total of 296 trees were found in the area and the AGB and carbon assimilated were 2.92 t ha−1 and 1.46 t ha−1, respectively. Laguncularia racemosa was the most abundant species and contributed with 61% of these values. Only a positive relation between AGB/carbon of L. racemosa and soil humidity was found, probably due to the substrate characteristics which contain a large concentration of silt/clay, and may store more water and do not yet provide firmness to the roots. By comparison, this mangrove had a low amount of AGB and carbon stocked and has yet to develop structurally. Along with other ecological functions and its associated ecosystem services such as supplying food for the local community, these features highlight the importance to conserve the studied mangrove and the interlinked coastal ecosystems.

Key words

Avicennia schaueriana Coastal ecosystems Laguncularia racemosa Rizophora mangle 



Authors are grateful to CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of the Higher Education Personnel) by their master’s scholarship, to PROPP (Department of research and graduate programs) and PPG-BIOMAS (Graduate Program in Ecology of Tropical Biomes), both from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), by their logistical and financial support during the field course of 2011.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Thales da Motta Portillo
    • 1
  • Vinícius Londe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francisco Wagner Araújo Moreira
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Program in Ecology of Tropical Biomes, Department of Biodiversity, Evolution and EnvironmentFederal University of Ouro PretoOuro PretoBrazil

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