Distribution of Quercus spp. and Pinus nigra mixed stands in semiarid northern Central Anatolia


Abstract: Central Anatolia has semiarid ecological conditions that limit tree growth. In addition, long-term human activity has resulted in degradation of existing forests lands. Current forest cover mainly includes oak, juniper, and pine species. In this study, the distribution and present state of Pinus nigra L. and Quercus spp. (Quercus cerris L. and Quercus pubescens L.) mixed stands, and the relationship between different environmental factors and abundance of oaks and pines were analyzed. The results indicate that interactions of environmental variables and human disturbance may have influenced the frequency and abundance of species in the region.

Keywords: Central Anatolia, semiarid, human disturbance, degradation, oak-pine mixed stand, forest relict

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