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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between expression of soil salinity factors and vegetation cover in Foojerd watershed. To this end, the vegetation types in the region and the formation of relatively homogeneous in terms of soil and topography, soil and vegetation were sampled by a systematic random sampling. The samples according to the area consists of homogenous units were determined. In each plot characteristics of range species and percentage of vegetation cover were recorded and soil profiles were dug. Depending on the depth of the soil profile and the depth of the roots of the plants were sampled and conductivity, exchangeable sodium, sodium absorption ratio and absorption of sodium in each of the soil samples were measured. Pearson correlation coefficient of salinity and vegetation type and percentage of vegetation cover were calculated using SPSS18.0 software. The results showed that vegetation has a negative correlation with soil salinity factors. Based on analysis of variance and Duncan were revealed that test the type of plant species were depended on soil electrical conductivity and sodium absorption rate and the percentage of canopy cover was affected by soil electrical conductivity and exchangeable sodium content. So soil sodality is the most important limiting factor to grow vegetation in Foojerd watershed.


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