Evaluation of preferred indicators of range plant species for improvement and restoration of semi-steppe ranglands. (A case study of Ardabil- ranglands)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor in Forests and Rangeland Research Division, Research center of agriculture and natural resource of Ardabil province- Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Ardabil, Iran.

2 Professor, Rangeland Research Division Research institute of forests and rangelands- Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Iran.


Preference evaluation of four species of perennial forage grasses including Alopecurus textilis L., Festuca ovina L. and F. sulcata L. and Agropyron trichophorum. In order to use for improvement and restoration of rangelands, seeds of species were collected from of Ardebil province. After seed germination test and preparing of seed bed. This eyperiment was done based on Randomized completely block design with 3 replicates in dryland conditions from 2010 -2014 in Ardabil station. After plants establishment and end of growing, crown cover Total height, seedling vigority, forage and seed production. Analysis variance of data was done using SAS software and the mean comparison with Duncan method at 5% level. The results showed that, the species in term of studied traits, had significant difference exept survival, The highest height, crown cover and forage production. Be longes to Agropyron trichophorum, The highest seedling vigority belodes to Agropyron trichophorum and Festuca sulcata finally, Therefore these con be used in improvement and developmend procces of pasture in arid and semi arid region.


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Volume 71, Issue 3
December 2018
Pages 659-666
  • Receive Date: 22 December 2016
  • Revise Date: 03 December 2018
  • Accept Date: 26 July 2018
  • First Publish Date: 22 November 2018