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Authors Yilmaz, KT; Akca, E; Cakan, H; Unlukaplan, Y; Kapur, S
Author Full Name Yilmaz, K. Tuluhan; Akca, Erhan; Cakan, Halil; Unlukaplan, Yuksel; Kapur, Selim
Title Relation between soil salinity and species composition of halophytic plant communities: A baseline data inventory for wetland monitoring
Source TURKISH JOURNAL OF BOTANY
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Halophytes; soil salinity; Tuz Golu lagoon; wetland; coastal zone management; monitoring
Keywords Plus TOLERANCE
Abstract Our study sets forth the outcomes of an interdisciplinary project conducted in order to fill the information gap on the management of a wetland ecosystem, in the case of a protected area on the south-eastern coast of Turkey. The hypothesis of the study is that the pattern of species composition reflects soil salinity level and some species can act as relevant indicators. The study aimed to discover a relationship between soil salinity and vegetation composition and establish some indicators useful for monitoring. For this aim, the temporal and spatial changes of soil salinity were monitored and the distribution of coastal habitats and associated plant communities were described. Twenty-three plant communities were described according to the species compositions of the vegetation. Soil salinity was found to be a driving factor controlling the spatial distribution of the plant taxa. The dominant species of the study area are Halocnemum strobilaceum, Arthrocnemum fruticosum, Spergularia marina, Plantago coronopus, and Atriplex portulacoides. The peak average annual salinity value, 1535 mS/m, was measured in a pure stand of H. strobilaceum. A high significant positive correlation was determined between plant species richness and life form richness. Strong evidence was detected for species richness, which declines at higher salinity habitats and there is also some evidence that species turnover is greater among the 52 sampling quadrates. Eleven distinct habitats were determined.
Author Address [Yilmaz, K. Tuluhan; Unlukaplan, Yuksel] Cukurova Univ, Fac Architecture, Dept Landscape Architecture, Adana, Turkey; [Akca, Erhan] Vocat Sch Adiyaman Univ, Fac Agr, Dept Soil Sci, Adiyaman, Turkey; [Cakan, Halil] Cukurova Univ, Fac Arts & Sci, Dept Biol, Adana, Turkey; [Kapur, Selim] Cukurova Univ, Fac Agr, Dept Soil Sci & Plant Nutr, Adana, Turkey
Reprint Address Yilmaz, KT (corresponding author), Cukurova Univ, Fac Architecture, Dept Landscape Architecture, Adana, Turkey.
E-mail Address tuluhan@cu.edu.tr
ResearcherID Number Cakan, Halil/F-3937-2018
ORCID Number CAKAN, HALIL/0000-0002-8931-9653
Funding Agency and Grant Number Hungarian-Turkish Intergovernmental S&T Cooperation Program [OMFB-00581/2009, TUBITAK108Y329]
Funding Text The authors greatly appreciate the financial support by a grant from the Hungarian-Turkish Intergovernmental S&T Cooperation Program (OMFB-00581/2009, TUBITAK108Y329).
Publisher TUBITAK SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL TURKEY
Publisher City ANKARA
Publisher Address ATATURK BULVARI NO 221, KAVAKLIDERE, ANKARA, 00000, TURKEY
ISSN 1300-008X
29-Character Source Abbreviation TURK J BOT
ISO Source Abbreviation Turk. J. Bot.
Year Published 2020
Volume 44
Issue 5
Beginning Page 493
Ending Page 508
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.3906/bot-1912-23
Page Count 16
Web of Science Category Plant Sciences
Subject Category Plant Sciences
Document Delivery Number NT0YK
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000572677300002
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