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Authors Hegazy, AK
Author Full Name Hegazy, AK
Title Application of mathematical models in management and use of candidate wild plants for restoration of degraded lands in the Arab Gulf region
Source ARAB GULF JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Language English
Document Type Article
Keywords Plus CONSERVATION; ECOLOGY
Abstract In recent years, there has been growing interest in studying local plants as a substitute for introduced species to be used in restoration of degraded lands in the Gulf region. The terrestrial ecosystems suffer strong degradation caused either by rapid social, agricultural and industrial developments or natural resource explorations. There is a critical need to start the restoration programs by using local wild plants which have adapted to the prevailing environmental conditions. The studied species, Zygophyllum quatarense (Hadidi) has wide ecological amplitude and is widespread in almost all terrestrial habitat types of Qatar. The use of theoretical models in the form of equations, illustrated graphs or matrices are useful and non-destructive tools to study, assess and manage the plant populations for degraded ecosystems restoration. These models provide: 1) a satisfactory description and monitoring of natural and experimental plant populations; ii) an enlightenment on aspects of population dynamics; and iii) a system which can be incorporated into complex models. The application of exponential and sigmoid growth equations, transition matrix, life table and fecundity schedule indicated the possibility of using Zygophyllum quatarense as a local species for restoration programs of degraded terrestrial ecosystems in the Gulf region. The results showed that this specie has high reproductive rates in different adult age classes, long life span lasts for more than one generation, increased survivorship and future expectations of life. This is beside its wide ecological amplitude, drought and salinity tolerance.
Reprint Address Hegazy, AK (corresponding author), CAIRO UNIV,FAC SCI,DEPT BOT,POB 12613,GIZA,EGYPT.
Times Cited 1
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 1
Publisher ARAB BUREAU EDUC GULF STATES
Publisher City RIYADH
Publisher Address P O BOX 3908, RIYADH 11481, SAUDI ARABIA
ISSN 1015-4442
29-Character Source Abbreviation ARAB GULF J SCI RES
ISO Source Abbreviation Arab Gulf J. Sci. Res.
Publication Date APR
Year Published 1996
Volume 14
Issue 1
Beginning Page 223
Ending Page 248
Page Count 26
Web of Science Category Multidisciplinary Sciences
Subject Category Science & Technology - Other Topics
Document Delivery Number UQ527
Unique Article Identifier WOS:A1996UQ52700014
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