Studying Biodiversity of Plant Associations in Mount On Ebn-e-Ali in Tabriz, Iran

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Forests and Rangelands Research Department, East Azerbaijan Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, AREEO,Tabriz, Iran.

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the biodiversity of plant associations in On Ebn-e-Ali Mountain in Tabriz and its relationships to various biodiversity indices. Four plant associations including 1) Noaeto mucronata- Poetum bulbosa, 2) Noaeto mucronata- Brometum tomentellus, 3) related to bush form as well as Poeto bulbosa-Brometum tomentellus and 4) Brometo danthoniae - Brometum tomentellus, related to grass form were recognized using Braun-Blanquet and cluster analysis methods in the study area. The biodiversity of different plots was measured based on Richness, Dominance, Evenness, Equitability, Shannon-Weiner, Simpson, Menhinick, Margalef, Fisher's alpha, Brillouin, Berger-Parker and Chao-1 indices in 2017. Associations of 4 and 1 with 19.25 and 14.25 had the highest and lowest richness values, respectively. All of biodiversity variables had strong correlation with the first axes of PCA. The PCA axes 1 and 2 accounted 90.8% and 6.2% of the total variation, respectively. The results indicated that high plant diversity in Brometo danthoniae- Brometum tomentellus (association 4) was due to the high degree of evenness and in Poeto bulbosa- Brometum tomentellus (association3) caused by the high degree of richness. However, high degree of dominance in Noaeto mucronata- Poetum bulbosa and Noaeto mucronata- Brometum tomentellus (associations 1 and 2) had led to reduction of their biodiversity. The results showed that there were 75 species belonging to 65 genera and 30 families which 62, 12 and 1 species belonged to dicotyledons, monocotyledons and gymnosperm, respectively. Lamiaceae, Poaceae, Asteraceae, Brassicacea, Caryophyllaceae and Papilionaceae families comprised 59% of plant species in the study area.

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