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24 Apr 15:29

Invasive alien pests threaten the carbon stored in Europe’s forests

by Rupert Seidl

Invasive alien pests threaten the carbon stored in Europe’s forests

Invasive alien pests threaten the carbon stored in Europe’s forests, Published online: 24 April 2018; doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04096-w

Invasive alien pests can cause large-scale forest mortality and release carbon stored in forests. Here the authors show that climate change increases the potential range of alien pests and that their impact on the carbon cycle could be as severe as the current natural disturbance regime in Europe’s forests.