Arthropods associated with the University owned Industrial tree plantations

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Arthropods associated with the University owned Industrial tree plantations

Cornelio S Casilac, Jr, Shiella Lynn G Dali-on, Fely Rose N Campos, Lowell G Aribal
J. Bio. Env. Sci.18( 1), 120-127, January 2021.
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Assessment of arthropods diversity was conducted in the three ITP of Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon, Philippines. Three sampling plots consisting of 10 x 10m were randomly laid in each of the Gmelina arborea Juss., Tectona grandis L.f, and Acacia mangium Willd. plantations. Collection of arthropods was carried-out using the combination of light trapping, pitfall traps, sticky paste and bottle traps techniques. The environmental variables such as ambient temperature, relative humidity, soil compactness, litter fall thickness, and light intensity were also determined to explain the abundance of arthropods. Results revealed that a total of 348 individuals were recorded comprising of ten arthropod orders and 17 families. Highest arthropods diversity was observed in G. arborea with diversity value of (0.13) followed by T. grandis with (0.226) then A. mangium with (0.322). Among the variables, ambient temperature and relative humidity exhibit correlation on the number of species and the number of individual species. The result suggests that G. arborea plantation supports more arthropods compared to other industrial tree plantation in this study. This indicates that G. arborea plantation, with its species diversity and understory succession provides this exotic plantations’ capability of providing habitat for arthropods and enhanced biodiversity.


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