Phytosociology and pedological characteristics of selected beats of Durgapur Forest Range, West Bengal, India

Communications in Plant Sciences, vol 3, issues 3-4, p.37-45, 2013

Full title: Phytosociology and pedological characteristics of selected beats of Durgapur Forest Range, West Bengal, India

Authors: Tripti Bauri, Debnath Palit and Ambarish Mukherjee

Abstract: The aim of the investigation was to analyze phytosociological characteristics and diversity pattern of five selected beats of tropical dry deciduous forest of Durgapur Forest Range, Burdwan, West Bengal, India. The present investigation was carried out through quadrat method for analysis of phytosociological aspect of vegetation. The soil of the different study sites were analyzed by following standard methodology. The results reflect dominancy of dicotyledons over monocotyledons in the five studied sites. Basudha (61) and Shibpur (58) beats represents higher number of species among the five studied sites. Maximum IVI value was recorded by Shorea robusta followed by Madhuka longifolia among all the beats except Shibpur. The study represents overall dominance of Sal forest over the entire region. Therefore Basudha and Shibpur beat needs prior conservative measure for protection of bioresources in those two forest region. The soil characteristics of the four study sites revealed acidic nature of soil in all the studied sites of Durgapur Forest Division. The range of organic carbon % was found to be higher in amount in comparison to conventional soil samples reflecting higher soil fertility of the studied sites. Therefore, proper management and conservative measures needs to be implemented for conservation of bioresources in different sites of Durgapur Forest Division, West Bengal, India.

Keywords: Soils, phyto-diversity, community structure, forest.

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