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Publication Type J
Authors Naz, N., M. Hameed, M. S. A. Ahmad, M. Ashraf and M. Arshad
Title Is soil salinity one of the major determinants of community structure under arid environments?
Source Community Ecology
Author Keywords CCA Halophytes Soil pH Soil salinity Species distribution aeluropus-lagopoides plant-communities seed-germination zone grasses salt-marshes vegetation halophytes tolerance growth desert
Abstract Five distinct habitats along salinity gradient were explored for plant ecological attributes including soil plant interaction, vegetation composition and species distribution in the Cholistan desert. Higher saline sites supported Sporobolus ioclados with Aeluropus lagopoides, Cymbopogon jwarancusa, Ochthochloa comperesa, Hloxylon recurvum and Suaeda fruticosa, whereas moderately saline habitats supported predominantly Fagonia indica C. jwarancusa and O. compressa. The community structure and composition of each habitat type were very specific, the most dominant component being S. ioclados. Each species has very specific realation to different environmental variables, and this reflects the habitat status, ecological adaptations and stress tolerance degree of the individual species. On the whole, it can be concluded that salinity alone was not responsible for the distribution of species at salt affected habitats.
Author Address [Naz, N; Hameed, M; Ahmad, MSA; Ashraf, M] Univ Agr Faisalabad, Dept Bot, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan [Arshad, M] CIDS, Bahawalpur, Pakistan [Ashraf, M] King Saud Univ, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Hameed, M (reprint author), Univ Agr Faisalabad, Dept Bot, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan hameedmansoor@yahoo.com
ISSN 1585-8553
ISBN 1585-8553
29-Character Source Abbreviation Community Ecol.
Publication Date Jun
Year Published 2010
Volume 11
Issue 1
Beginning Page 84-90
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1556/ComEc.11.2010.1.12
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000278917700012
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