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DOI10.1007/s12517-022-09579-1
Planting prickly pears as a sustainable alternative and restoration tool for rehabilitating degraded soils in dry steppe rangelands
Neffar, Souad; Beddiar, Arifa; Menasria, Taha; Chenchouni, Haroun
Corresponding AuthorNeffar, S (corresponding author),Univ Tebessa, Fac Exact Sci & Nat & Life Sci, Dept Nat & Life Sci, Tebessa 12002, Algeria. ; Neffar, S (corresponding author),Univ Tebessa, Lab Water & Environm, Tebessa 12002, Algeria.
JournalARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES
ISSN1866-7511
EISSN1866-7538
Year Published2022
Volume15Issue:3
Abstract in EnglishThis study assessed the impact of prickly pear plantations (PPPs) on soil characteristics and plant diversity in arid and semi-arid steppes of northeastern Algeria. The symbiosis of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) with Opuntiaficus-indica roots was seasonally estimated. In arid and semi-arid climates, stations with PPPs were studied along with unplanted rangelands (NP). At each station, soil physicochemical parameters, namely pH, electrical conductivity (EC), total and active CaCO3, organic matter (SOM), total nitrogen (Nt), plant-available phosphorus (PAP), and C/N ratio, were determined. Vegetation was surveyed using vegetation cover and species abundance, which were used to compute species diversity indices, disturbance index, and plant functional traits. Mycorrhizal infectivity and intensity were measured for PPPs of both climates. Regardless of the climatic region, PPPs significantly improved vegetation cover (P < 0.01), species abundance (P = 0.015), species richness (P < 0.001), and SOM (P < 0.001) compared to the NP. Plant functional traits revealed that plant community was dominated by therophytes (41-80%), anemochorous (34-48%) and zoochorous species (6-44%), ruderal-stress-tolerant species (80%), and arido-passive species (61-90%), with a Mediterranean chorological trend (61-89%). Endomycorrhizal symbiosis (mycorrhizal frequency = 58-90%, mycorrhizal intensity = 3-25%) was high in roots of PPPs. Redundancy analysis revealed that SOM, EC, Nt, and PAP were positively associated with diversity parameters in PPPs. The multifactorial analysis indicated a close linkage between soil, vegetation parameters, and plant functional traits in planted stations compared to NP. This study suggests that PPPs can significantly improve soil properties and contribute to the rehabilitation of arid and semi-arid rangeland steppes.
Keyword in EnglishAlgerian steppes Desertification Habitat restoration Opuntiaficus-indica Soil properties Vegetation analysis Mycorrhizal colonization Haptic calcisoils Plant diversity
SubtypeArticle
Language英语
Indexed BySCI-E
WOS IDWOS:000748937500001
WOS KeywordARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI ; ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS ; VEGETATION RESTORATION ; CHEMICAL-PROPERTIES ; FUNCTIONAL TRAITS ; SEMIARID REGION ; ORGANIC-CARBON ; DESERT ; OPUNTIA ; DIVERSITY
WOS SubjectGeosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS Research AreaGeology
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://119.78.100.177/qdio/handle/2XILL650/376455
Affiliation[Neffar, Souad] Univ Tebessa, Fac Exact Sci & Nat & Life Sci, Dept Nat & Life Sci, Tebessa 12002, Algeria; [Neffar, Souad] Univ Tebessa, Lab Water & Environm, Tebessa 12002, Algeria; [Beddiar, Arifa] Univ Annaba, Fac Nat & Life Sci, Dept Biol, Annaba 23000, Algeria; [Menasria, Taha] Univ Tebessa, Fac Exact Sci & Nat & Life Sci, Dept Appl Biol, Tebessa 12002, Algeria; [Chenchouni, Haroun] Higher Natl Sch Forests, Dept Forest Management, Khenchela 40000, Algeria; [Chenchouni, Haroun] Univ Oum El Bouaghi, Lab Nat Resources & Management Sensit Environm RN, Oum El Bouaghi 04000, Algeria
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Neffar, Souad,Beddiar, Arifa,Menasria, Taha,et al. Planting prickly pears as a sustainable alternative and restoration tool for rehabilitating degraded soils in dry steppe rangelands[J],2022,15(3).
APA Neffar, Souad,Beddiar, Arifa,Menasria, Taha,&Chenchouni, Haroun.(2022).Planting prickly pears as a sustainable alternative and restoration tool for rehabilitating degraded soils in dry steppe rangelands.ARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES,15(3).
MLA Neffar, Souad,et al."Planting prickly pears as a sustainable alternative and restoration tool for rehabilitating degraded soils in dry steppe rangelands".ARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES 15.3(2022).
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