Measurement of the aboveground biomass of some rangeland species using a digital nondestructive technique

Published Date
June 27, 2016
Type
Journal Article
Measurement of the aboveground biomass of some rangeland species using a digital nondestructive technique
Authors:
Mohamed Tarhouni
Farah Ben Salem, Abderrazak Tlili, Azaiez Ouled Belgacem, Mohamed Neffati, Mounir Louhaichi

Plant biomass is usually assumed to be positively correlated with canopy cover. Measurements of
canopy cover can now be easily and precisely made through image processing of high-resolution
digital photography. This study aims to determine rapid, accurate and non-destructive ecological
measurements of the aboveground biomass of selected plant species of the dry rangelands of
southern Tunisia. The digital vegetation charting technique was used to estimate the canopy
cover of three plant species: Artemisia herba-alba Asso., Rhanterium suaveolens Desf. and Stipa
tenacissima L. Biomass of the selected species was also determined to develop regression
models and correlation equations with the relative canopy cover. The main result was a strong
correlation between canopy cover and dry biomass: coefficients of determination of 0.46 and
0.96 for A. herba-alba during the springs of 2014 and 2015, respectively; and correspondingly
0.9 and 0.97 for R. suaveolens and 0.69 and 0.97 for S. tenacissima. This digital charting technique
offers a non-destructive, accurate and rapid means for monitoring and assessment of rangeland
productivity dynamics as well as an efficient tool for developing range management strategies
in dry areas.

Citation:
Mohamed Tarhouni, Mounir Louhaichi, Azaiez Ouled Belgacem, Mohamed Neffati, Farah Ben Salem, Abderrazak Tlili. (27/6/2016). Measurement of the aboveground biomass of some rangeland species using a digital nondestructive technique. Botany Letters, 163(3), pp. 281-287.