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Henni, M. (2014) Spatio-Temporal Evolution of Vegetation and Soil in Atriplex canescens and Role of Species in Improving Feed Provides Degraded Steppe Rangelands of the Wilaya of Saida (Western Algeria). Ph.D. Thesis, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, Algeria, 129 p.

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  • TITLE: Evaluation of the Above-Ground Biomass of Steppe Ecosystems According to Their Stage of Degradation: Case of the Area of Ain Skhouna (Western Algeria)

    AUTHORS: Abdeslam Morsli, Okkacha Hasnaoui, Fatiha Arfi

    KEYWORDS: Vegetation, Evaluation, Biomass, Degradation, Ain Skhouna, Algeria

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Ecology, Vol.6 No.5, April 20, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The steppe in the region of Ain Skhouna (Department of Saida) includes three major vegetation types: Stipa tenacissima, Artemisia herba alba and Lygeum spartum. They have a very important ecological and socio-economic role. Nevertheless, they are exposed to a threat of deterioration due essentially to a combination of adverse climate circumstances and human impact. In the field, we found three physiognomic stages for each type of vegetation: degraded, moderately degraded and well growing. For a better comprehension of the process of each facies, we considered that the dynamic of the above-ground biomass is an interesting indicator for quantifying the degree of degradation of the steppic ecosystems. For that, we have adopted a combined method: linear transects and vegetation harvests over a one-square meter surface. This approach allowed us to identify the chosen site taxa on the one hand and quantify the above-ground biomass of each plot on the other hand. The obtained results reveal a significant regression of the above-ground biomass when moving from one site to another. The values about the Stipa formations present an average biomass oscillating between 1024 and 271.7 kg DM/ha for perennial species and between 367 and 68.8 kg DM/ha for annuals. Those about Artemisia formations fluctuate between 3584 and 805 kg DM/ha for perennials and between 524 and 66 kg DM/ha for annuals. Those about Lygeum formations oscillate between 274.4 and 87.9 kg DM/ha for perennial species accompanying Lygeum spartum and between 162.3 and 31.6 kg DM/ha for annuals.