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Leaf litter production and edaphic factors of Gir forest ecosystem



Leaf litter production and edaphic factors of Gir forest ecosystem



Advances in Plant Sciences 5(1): 59-66



Leaf litter production and edaphic factors were examined in two regions of Gir forest (in India) under different vegetation covers viz., Acacia catechu; Anogseissus latifolia; Bauhinia tomentosa; Butea monosperma; Tectona grandis and Zizyphus mauritiana. The litter production was higher (4136.35 kg/ha) in Chhodavadi as compared to the other region called Taulasishyam (2,417.25 kg/ha). The variation in the soil pH and electrical conductivity during different seasons was little. However, the pH showed a decreasing trend with depth during monsoon. The maximum water holding capacity (66.6%) in Chhodavadi was noted in the month of summer. Ca and Mg also showed their maximum values during summer while minimum during monsoon. Percentage total organic carbon was maximum during monosoon (1.86%) at 10 cm depth in Chhodavadi region.

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