The Duke Forest FACE Experiment: CO2 Enrichment of a Loblolly Pine Forest

  • W. H. Schlesinger
  • E. S. Bernhardt
  • E. H. DeLucia
  • D. S. Ellsworth
  • A. C. Finzi
  • G. R. Hendrey
  • K. S. Hofmockel
  • J Lichter
  • R. Matamala
  • D. Moore
  • R. Oren
  • J. S. Pippen
  • R. B. Thomas
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 187)

11.5 Conclusions

Free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) in the Duke Forest provides a whole-ecosystem arena in which to examine the response of a temperate coniferous forest to high, future levels of atmospheric CO2. At the end of 8 years of the experiment, we conclude:
  • Photosynthetic rates by canopy foliage have increased up to 50 % over controls.

  • Basal area increment has been stimulated 13–27 % versus that in control plots, with interannual variation due to variations in temperature and moisture during the growing season.

  • Biomass increment has increased by 108 g C m-2 year-1 (27 %) over that in control plots.

  • Growth and respiration of roots are higher in CO2 fumigated plots.

  • Litterfall is greater in high CO2 plots and forest floor accumulation has increased.

  • There has been little or no change in the total amount of soil organic matter as a result of CO2 fumigations.

  • While the stimulation of growth by high CO2 persists after 8 years of fumigation, there is evidence of nitrogen limitation in the fumigated plots.


Fine Root Basal Area Increment Pinus Taeda Global Change Biol Fine Root Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. H. Schlesinger
    • 1
  • E. S. Bernhardt
    • 1
  • E. H. DeLucia
    • 2
  • D. S. Ellsworth
    • 1
  • A. C. Finzi
    • 1
  • G. R. Hendrey
    • 3
  • K. S. Hofmockel
    • 1
  • J Lichter
    • 1
  • R. Matamala
    • 1
  • D. Moore
    • 1
  • R. Oren
    • 1
  • J. S. Pippen
    • 1
  • R. B. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth SciencesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkFlushingUSA

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