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Plant Sociology numero 54 (2)

pag. 37-41: The dynamics of natural regeneration of Tetraclinis articulata (Vahl) Masters in the Moroccan Central Plateau

Y. Dallahi1, D. Chahhou1, A. El Aboudi2, A. Aafi3, Y. Abbas4, F. Mounir3, M.M.O. Abidin2

1Laboratoire de Géographie physique, Département de Géographie, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université Mohamed V, Rabat, Maroc.

2Laboratoire de botanique, mycologie et environnement, département de biologie, Faculté des sciences, Université Mohamed V, Rabat B.P 1014 RP, Maroc.

3École Nationale Forestière d’Ingénieurs, Salé. BP 511, Salé - Maroc.

4Laboratoire Polyvalent, Faculté Polydisciplinaire de Béni Mellal, Université Sultan Moulay Slimane-Béni Mellal.

doi: 10.7338/pls2017542/04

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abstract

This work aims to determine the parameters affecting the natural regeneration of Tetraclinis articulata (Vahl) Masters, a species endemic to the north of Africa and is of major economic importance in Morocco. This enables to aid decision-making for forest management planning, notably in the Moroccan Central Plateau. The research work carried out was based on the stratified sampling method with rational allocation of plots. One hundred fifty plots were observed and selected on the basis of physiognomic features, height and cover of different Tetraclinis stands. Results show that natural regeneration of T. articulata is frequent in scarce pasture lands as well as in the environments which are characterized by high-altitudes, fresh expositions and relatively deep soils. These results are of high value for forest managers in order to reconcile between land use and human environmental disturbances, particularly with regard to climate change.

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natural regeneration, Tetraclinis articulata, Moroccan Central Plateau.