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Sheikhzadeh A, Bashari H, Matinkhah S H, Tarkesh Esfahani M. The Effect of Twenty Years of Exclosure on Parametric and Non-parametric Diversity Indices in Chadegan Rangelands- Isfahan . Iranian Journal of Applied Ecology 2016; 5 (17) :25-36
URL: http://ijae.iut.ac.ir/article-1-786-en.html
Isf. Univ. of Technol., Isfahan, Iran.
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Exclosure is considered as a management method to improve vegetation. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of exclosure on species diversity in Zayanderod dam station in Chadegan, Isfahan. The study area was stratified based on the various management types and slope directions, and samples were collected randomly in each layer. Four perpendicular transects, 500m in length were established along the gradients. Fifteen plots (1×1.5m) were established along each transect. The cover percentage, density and scientific name of the perennial species and the management condition were recorded in each plot. Diversity index of Simpson and Shannon, richness indices of Margalef and Menhinick, Simpson evenness indice, and Parametric methods (curve of frequency) were calculated in the two grazed and ungrazed areas. Independent t-test was used to compare the diversity indices. CCA Analysis was used to evaluate the relationships between species and management factors with the diversity indices. The results showed that although the diversity, richness and evenness indices in the exclosure area were more than the grazed area, there was no significant difference between the diversity and evenness indices in the areas. The log-normal was the significant fitted graph in the study area which represents relatively stable societies. The ordination results showed that grazing area and exclosure area are well separated from each other and confirmed the higher richness in the exclosure site.

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