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    Abstract - Issue Sep 2009, 30 (5)                                     Back


Environmental factors as influencing vegetation communities

in Acipayam district of Turkey


Kursad Ozkan*

Department of Soil and Ecology, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta - 32260, Turkey

(Received: October 03, 2007; Revised received: March 05, 2008; Accepted: July 05, 2008)


Abstract: In this study, a data set from Mediterranean mountain forests of southern Anatolia, consisting of species cover and environmental measures in 99 sample plots was analyzed with cluster analysis, indicator species analysis, MRPP, NMDS and sperman rank correlation. Results illustrated two vegetation gradients related to factor complexes of altitude-landform and parent material-land surface smoothness.? Axis I of the ordination was strongly related to limestone, serpantine, conglomerate, marl from parent material group, middle slope from slope position group, concave, convex, linear and undulate from landform group, A I, A II, A III and A IV from altitude group, and rocky and erosion pavement from land surface smoothness group. Axis II was strongly related to limestone, serpantine, smooth surface, rocky surface and A III.

Key words: Indicator species, Species distribution, Vegetation patterns, Topography, Species groups

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