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Christopher H. Vane, Alexander W. Kim, Vicky Moss-Hayes, Colin E. Snape, Miguel Castro Diaz, Nicole S. Khan, Simon E. Engelhart and Benjamin P. Horton Degradation of mangrove tissues by arboreal termites (Nasutitermes acajutlae) and their role in the mangrove C cycle (Puerto Rico): Chemical characterization and organic matter provenance using bulk δ13C, C/N, alkaline CuO oxidation-GC/MS, and solid-state 13C NMR Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 14

Version of Record online: 28 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ggge.20194

Key Points

  • Termites cause significant loss of cellulose in mangroves
  • Termites nests are enriched in lignin
  • Termites nests comprise about 2 % of total C in mangroves

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