Thinning Effects on Biomass and Carbon Stock for Young Taiwania Plantations

Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 15;8(1):3070. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21510-x.


Forests play an important role as carbon sinks by sequestrating carbon through photosynthesis. Thinning treatments have large impacts on carbon storage, in addition to strengthening quality and quantity of plantations. This study analyzed the effects of different thinning treatments on carbon stocks in both individual trees and stands of Taiwania (Taiwania cryptomerioides) plantations. Repeated field measurements and allometric equations were used to calculate total C storage and sequestration rates of live trees. The results of this study showed that the total carbon stock of stands with thinning treatments was less than that of the non-thinned stands. The non-thinned 23-year old stands had an estimated carbon stock of 96.8 Mg C ha-1, which is higher than the carbon stock found in either medium- (84.1 Mg C ha-1) or heavily-thinned (74.7 Mg C ha-1) treatment plots of the same age. If the objective of Taiwania plantations was to store large amounts of carbon in the young growth stage, without regard to the initial rate of storage, a better option is no-thinning. However, the medium thinned forests seem to be more promising for carbon sequestration than the no-thinned forests if a longer period is considered.

MeSH terms

  • Biomass
  • Carbon / metabolism
  • Carbon Sequestration / physiology*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources / methods
  • Cupressaceae / metabolism*
  • Ecosystem
  • Forestry / methods*
  • Forests
  • Soil
  • Taiwan
  • Trees / metabolism


  • Soil
  • Carbon