Plant Carbon Budgets

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
  • Pamela A. Matson
  • Peter M. Vitousek


The balance between carbon inputs through gross primary production (GPP) and carbon losses through plant respiration and tissue turnover govern the carbon balance of plants. This chapter describes the factors that regulate this balance.


Leaf Area Leaf Area Index Gross Primary Production Nutrient Limitation Euphotic Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
    • 1
  • Pamela A. Matson
    • 2
  • Peter M. Vitousek
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Arctic Biology Department of Biology & WildlifeUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  2. 2.School of Earth SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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