Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF RANGE AND DESERT RESEARCH   SUMMER 2007 , Volume 14 , Number 2 (27); Page(s) 249 To 260.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECT OF CLIMATIC CONDITIONS ON RANGE FORAGE PRODUCTION IN STEPPE RANGLANDS, AKHTARABAD OF SAVEH

 
 
Author(s):  EHSANI ALI, FARAHPOUR MAHDI, JALILI ADEL, MIR DAVOUDI H.R., ABBASI HAMID REZA, AZIMI M.A.S., ARZANI HOSSEIN, AHMADI HASAN, JAFARI MOHAMMAD
 
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Abstract: 

The effects of climatic factors on four dominant range land species of Markazi province, Iran, were studied. Species were Artemisia sieberi, Salsola rigida, Noaea mucronata, Stipa barbata and were monitored from 1998 to 2005. Site is located in steppe lands and called Nemati range, Akhtarabad of Saveh. Climatic factors were annual rainfall, rainfall of grazing season plus rainfall of previous year, temperature, solar radiation and wind velocity. Among the main indicators, as results shows, growing season plus previous rainfalls is the most effective indicator on forage production with high and significant correlation. Total yield have positive and significant correlation with growing season rainfall and previous rainfall as well as production of Artemisia sieberi, Salsola rigida. Soil and water regime in dry and semi-dry areas, in growing season, is in a way that plants are dependent on stored moisture. Shrubs, with their deep roots, are more capable of using this moisture. Therefore stored moisture could be known as an indicator of rain quantity. Result of this research showed that rainfall indicator in growing season and previous season is a variable that plays fundamental rule in production, showing a linear relationship. Negative correlation was shown between number of sunny days, total yield and yield of two species, Salsola rigida and Artemisia sieberi.

 
Keyword(s): FORAGE PRODUCTION, STEPPE LAND, RAINFALL, CLIMATE, NEMATI RANGE
 
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