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Timberline structure and woody taxa regeneration towards treeline along latitudinal gradients in Khangchendzonga National Park, Eastern Himalaya

PLoS One, Nov 2018, Vol.13(11), p.e0207762 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Timberline structure and woody taxa regeneration towards treeline along latitudinal gradients in Khangchendzonga National Park, Eastern Himalaya
  • Author: Pandey, Aseesh ; Singh, Surendra
  • Found In: PLoS One, Nov 2018, Vol.13(11), p.e0207762 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: India ; Tibetan Plateau ; Biosphere ; Species Composition ; Species Diversity ; Timberline ; Decomposing Organic Matter ; Humus ; Trees ; Ecological Monitoring ; Climate Change ; Dominance ; Species Composition ; Seedlings ; Treeline ; Forests ; Species Diversity ; Historic Sites ; Dominance ; Studies
  • Language: English
  • Description: With main purpose of developing a coherent baseline information of timberline forests of Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya, we investigated, (i) forest structure and composition, (ii) regeneration status of dominant timberline tree species between timberline and treeline, (iii) influence of environmental variables in species composition, and (iv) relationship between environmental variables and ecological attributes. The study was conducted along the timberline stretch of Dzongri landscape nested within the Khangchendzonga National Park (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, 2016), a core zone of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (in UNESCO WNBRs, 2018), Sikkim, India. We employed quadrat method to sample 9 contiguous sites to capture all possible variations in timberline composition. Transect method was used to study the regeneration of woody taxa between timberline to treeline. In total, 20 woody species belonging to 10 genera and 6 families were recorded. Among these, Abies densa, Rhododendron lanatum...
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 19326203 ; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207762

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