Effects of selective logging on tree diversity and some soil characteristics in a tropical forest in southwest Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Asase, A.
dc.contributor.author Asiatokor, B.K.
dc.contributor.author Ofori-Frimpong, K.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-02T14:44:24Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-02T14:44:24Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s11676-014-0443-4
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/25199
dc.description.abstract We investigated the effects of selective logging disturbances on tree diversity and soil characteristics in the Bia Conservation Area in southwest Ghana. The study was conducted in unlogged, 29-35 years post-logged and swamp forests using ten 25 m × 25 m plots. In total, we identified 310 individual trees belonging to 87 species. Mean Shannon-Weiner index was highest in the post-logged forest but there were no significant differences in tree density, dominance, or DBH size class distributions between these forests. Soil physical properties such as pH and bulk density up to 30 cm depth were similar in the two of forests In terms of soil nutrient status, available P, exchangeable K and total N contents were all similar in the unlogged and post-logged forests. Our findings suggest that the effects of logging on tree diversity are comparatively long-term, in contrast to its short-term effects on some top soil physical and chemical characteristics. © 2014 Northeast Forestry University and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Forestry Research en_US
dc.subject deforestation en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject plant diversity en_US
dc.subject soil properties en_US
dc.subject Tropical forest en_US
dc.title Effects of selective logging on tree diversity and some soil characteristics in a tropical forest in southwest Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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