International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 5 Issue 5 2015- March 2015    Pages: 904- 909  <<Previous    Next>>

Narrowing study areas for Phytosociological research using Phyllanthus amarus Schum. and Thonn. as a model target plant

Author Information:

Kandavel, D1 and Sekar, S2
1- Department of Botany, Periyar EVR College (A), Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India.

2- Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India.


Many of the recent studies involving plants do not have a component investigating the various factors associated and influencing them in their natural habitats. Even in the laboratory oriented research, a comprehensive understanding of the natural habitat and the influencing factors will add value and increase understanding of the outcome.  These studies were often not carried out due to extensive and laborious field studies involved in arriving at anydiscernible conclusion. In this paper, we have attempted a novel approach to arrive at small number of study areas for a target plant using soil series and its related parameters.  Tiruchirappalli district was chosen as the land division and three revenue villages were shortlisted based on the developed analyses and field studies were carried out for the abundance of Phyllanthus amarus Schum. & Thonn. using quadrat studies.This method will facilitate the selection of minimal yet rational study areas which will help to carry out field based habitat analyses in small areas but having ramifications in broader perspectives.

Keywords: Habitat studies, Study area selection, Soil series, Soil colour, Quadrats, Abundance


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