Alternative sampling methods to estimate structure

  • A. Ayari Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural. Eaux et Forêst (INRGREF).
  • D. Moya Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos de Albacete. UCLM. Campus Universitario.
  • M.N. Rejeb Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural. Eaux et Forêst (INRGREF).
  • A. Ben Mansoura Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural. Eaux et Forêst (INRGREF).
  • S. Garchi Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural. Eaux et Forêst (INRGREF).
  • J. de las Heras Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos de Albacete. UCLM. Campus Universitario.
  • B. Hanchi Faculté des Sciences Mathématiques, Physiques et Naturelles. Tunis. Université El-Manar.
Keywords: Pinus halepensis Mill., bioclimatic zones, forest structure, sampling approach, increment, reproductive


Aleppo pine had a large forest cover in North Africa and along the Mediterranean basin which management is not fully developed and new forest tools are required. In this research, the forest structure, epidometric characteristics and allometric relationships were studied in 79 plots covering four bioclimatic zones from natural even aged forests of Aleppo pine located between eastern Algeria to the western coastal part of Tunisia. To characterize the forest structure three sampling methods were carried out: classical inventories (recording all pine trees), and two simplified approach using one average size or five dominant pine tree per plot. Annual growth increment and cone production were only calculated for the average size tree. Furthermore, the analysis of variance showed non-significant differences recorded between bioclimatic zones in trunk or crown diameter using the two simplified approach. Moreover, a significant decrease from wetter to drier areas in total height, crown height, cone seed production was observed only for average size tree method. However, the analysis of covariance showed significant differences between both approaches in total height, trunk diameter and crown coverage which were largely influenced by the pine tree density. In future investigations, we confirmed previous research that the dominant tree is a good sampling method to examine the site fertility, whereas the average size tree constitutes a valuable approach to study the population growth and reproduction.


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How to Cite
AyariA., MoyaD., RejebM., Ben MansouraA., GarchiS., de las HerasJ., & HanchiB. (2011). Alternative sampling methods to estimate structure. Forest Systems, 20(3), 348-360.
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