African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

Stem biomass of Erodium ciconium in Shanjan Rangelands, East Azerbaijan, Iran

Ghassem HABIBI BIBALANI* and Hamideh SHADKAMI-Til
Shabestar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shabestar, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 June 2011
  •  Published: 26 September 2011

Abstract

Stem of plants can be used for animal grazing, wind erosion control, reduce water flow, increase evaporation and transpiration. In NW of Iran (East Azerbaijan Province), rangelands are utilized for animal grazing and later changed to agricultural land use; this vegetation is unsuitable for vegetation coverage. We studied Erodium ciconium to determine its stem biomass characteristics. Data were collected with accidental sampling method (1×1 m) in this area. A total of 12 plots were collected and 60 samples were studied in this research. Minimum, maximum and mean stem biomasses of this plant were 3.9, 6.7 and 5.00 g, respectively.

 

Key words: Erodium ciconium, Iran, rangeland, stem biomass.