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Journal of Environmental Biology

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        Abstract - Issue Jan 2014, 35 (1)                                                                                                             Back

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Assessment of tree population and species composition in three

forest types of Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary,

Karnataka, India


A.G. Devi Prasad* and Shwetha

Department of Studies in Environmental Science, University of Mysore, Mysore- 570 006, India

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Publication Data

Paper received:

03 July 2012


Revised received:

15 March 2013



03 June 2013




Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamarajnagar District of Karnataka State is home for semi-nomadic Soliga Tribe. The species composition and population structure were investigated in three (Shola, Dry deciduous and Moist deciduous) forest types to assess the changes in species composition among them. Random single-scale sampling was adopted with a plot of 2m2m for regenerated tree species having GBH ≤ 30 cm nested with quadrat of 20m20m for tree species having GBH ≥ 30cm. A total of 30 species in dry deciduous forest, 36 species in moist deciduous forest and 33 species in shola forest were recorded. The highest diversity in regenerated species was observed in moist deciduous populations followed by shola and dry deciduous forests. The regeneration of NTFP species in moist deciduous forest was found to be high (22 species) and very low in dry deciduous forest (10 species). These types of forests were found to be impacted by disturbance such as canopy opening, weed, grazing fire and lopping. The study is useful to plan conservation strategies for these resources. 


Key words


BRT hills, Deciduous forest, Shola forest, Species diversity, Wildlife Sanctuary



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