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|Title:||Stand Structure and Diversity Analysis of Timber Tree Species at Lupane State University Paddock, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe|
|Authors:||Dube, Roselyn J.|
|Publisher:||Lupane State University|
|Abstract:||This study sought to determine the stand structural characteristics and the diversity of timber tree species at LSU paddock. This was accomplished through assessing the type of timber trees found in the paddock, the species richness and size distribution as well as calculating the diversity of the timber tree species. Research methodology entailed an exploratory survey following a Randomized Complete Block Design in which the study area was divided into three strata and the identified timber tree species with a DBH>10cm were selected for measurement. The data for this study was subjected to ANOVA at 5% significance level. Significant differences (P<0.001) were noted in the density and size of the timber tree species in the different strata and among the observed timber tree species. The species richness and tree diversity were uniform throughout the paddock. Natural and anthropogenic factors have had a significant effect on the stand structure and the diversity of the timber tree species. It is recommended that paddock management prioritizes the protection of the less abundant species s as to encourage their proliferation in the study area. Constant monitoring of activities taking place within the paddock is also recommended so as to keep a detailed account of the changes that occur over time and to implement the best suitable forest management strategies.|
|Appears in Collections:||Department of Crop and Soil Science|
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