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Resilience of Tree Species to Floods and Rehabilitation Strategy for the Flood Affected Indus Basin

Resilience of Tree Species to Floods and Rehabilitation Strategy for the Flood Affected Indus Basin

Muhammad Imran Mahmood* and Muhammad Zubair

Department of Forestry and Range Management, Faculty of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Bahaud-Din-zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.

ABSTRACT

The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different irrigation sources and growth parameters of forest trees Shisham, Neem, Siri and Sufeda. The effect of different irrigation levels exhibited the highest plant height in Sufeda under flooding which were 135 and 125cm after and before the experiment. However, Neem showed maximum plant height after experiment (103 cm) under drought condition. But, the minimum plant height (57 cm) before experiment was observed in Sufeda under droughtexhibiting 50% decline than Sufeda under flooding. Contrary to that Neem exhibited the maximum plant height before experiment (i.e 107 cm) under drought. The highest chlorophyll contents (73.51%) after experiment was observed in Sufeda under flooding and the lowest chlorophyll contents (7.32) after experiment was observed in Neem under flooding. Opposite to that Neem showed maximum chlorophyll contents (55.23%) under drought. Similarly, the maximum root dry weight (25.21 g) at the end of the after experiment in Sufeda under flooding observed. The highest dry shoot weight (27.63 g) was recorded in Sufeda under flooding. Whereas, the lowest dry shoot weight (4.25 g) was recorded in Sufeda under drought. Maximum root fresh weight (42.35 g) was recorded in Sufeda under flooding. Whereas, the minimum root fresh weight (5.52 g) was recorded in Sufeda under drought. In the same way the fresh shoot weight (51.23 g) was found in Sufeda where flooding was applied. While, in Neemthe highest fresh shoot weight (42.75 g) was recorded under drought environment.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research

March

Vol. 34, Iss. 1, Pages 1-253

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