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Hosseini S, Ejtehadi H, Memariani F, Erfanian Taleii Noghan M B. The effects of aspects on the plant diversity of the Hezar-Masjed Summit, Khorassan Razavi Province, Iran. NBR. 2020; 7 (3) :355-362
URL: http://nbr.khu.ac.ir/article-1-3108-en.html
Ferdowsi university of mashhad , hejtehadi@um.ac.ir
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The Hezar-Masjed Mountain range is one of the main highlands of the northeasten Iran. The vegetation of its upper elevations has been poorly studied. This study aimed to compare the plant biodiversity of different aspects of the Hezar-Masjed Summit. A total number of 139 random 1m2 plots were recorded from different aspects of the study area. In each plot, the abundance and canopy cover percent of vascular plant species were recorded. Hill’s numbers (i.e., N1, N2) along with the Camargo evenness index and total species richness with bootstrapping approach were calculated. Rarefaction method was used to compare species richness among the aspects. Also, Hill’s diversity profile for each aspect was drawn. For each aspect, rank-abundance method was used to evaluate the dominant species. Biodiversity calculations and statistical analyses were performed using R software. The east- and south- facingslopes were found to have the highest and lowest indices in richness, evenness, and diversity, respectively. Despite adequate water availability in north-facing slopes, they show lower diversity than that of the east-facing slope, probably due to the of dominance of a poisonous species (Seseli transcaucasicum). Our results shown that in the Hezar-Masjed Summit, aspects have different biodiversity which is a result of their various environmental conditions.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Plant Biology
Received: 2018/03/19 | Revised: 2020/11/29 | Accepted: 2019/12/3 | Published: 2020/11/21 | ePublished: 2020/11/21

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