DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGICAL DIFFERENTIATION OF OAK FORESTS IN NW THRACE (TURKEY)


Kavgaci A., Carni A., Tecimen B., Ozalp G.

ARCHIVES OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol.62, no.3, pp.705-718, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.2298/abs1003705k
  • Journal Name: ARCHIVES OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.705-718
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Quercus robur, Q. frainetto, Q. cerris and Q. petraea that predominate in forests in the Thrace region, a bridge between the Balkans and Anatolia, were sampled, elaborated and classified. The ecological conditions were estimated by bio-indicator values. Oak forests can be divided into four groups: Q. robur-Fraxinus angustifolia forests thriving in floodplains, Q. petraea forests found at higher altitudes, Q. frainetto-Carpinus orientalis forests appearing in the warmest and driest sites and Q. frainetto forests on more humid sites. It was established that the most important topographic factor is altitude, while slope and aspect are of minor importance.