Disturbance and diversity. The case study of Terminalia paniculata
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Effect of disturbance on diversity, using many small plots in two adjacent moist deciduous forest sites was examined. The disturbed forest (OF) is regularly burnt, grazed and lopped. While the undisturbed forest (UDF) is protected. The objectives of the study were to use a rapid method to examine the similarities and differences as measured by richness and diversity, differences between disturbed and undisturbed forest sites comparing the paucity of richness and diversity at different ensembles in response to biotic disturbances. To explore the nature of gene impoverishment, protein profile of Terminalia panicufata, a common species in the area was used. Results indicate that the diversity, richness and rarity in the OF decreases as compared to the UDF in tree and regenerating layers. Gene diversity of the trees is highest in the UDF, while saplings found in the OF had the highest diversity. The implications of this pilot study for formulating conservation strategies are discussed.