Plant diversity in different bioclimatic zones in Tunisia

Hana You, Hyeyoung Jin, Abdelhamid Khaldi, Myeongja Kwak, Taeyoon Lee, Inkyin Khaine, Jihwi Jang, Hyunkyung Lee, Iereh Kim, Taihyeon Ahn, Jeonghwa Song, Yujin Song, Ali Khorchani, Boutheina Stiti, Suyoung Woo

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Abstract

The Republic of Tunisia, located in northern Africa, faces various environmental challenges caused by anthropogenic practices such as overgrazing, deforestation, and desertification. The conversion of natural ecosystems is the major cause of plant biodiversity loss. Tunisia can be divided into three main climatic zones as follows: a northern Mediterranean climate zone, a central steppe climate zone, and a southern desert climate zone. Because of this great environmental diversity, there are distinctive vegetation and various genetic resources in Tunisia. This research was conducted to investigate plant biodiversity within the various bioclimatic zones and to characterize useful plant resources in Tunisia. We investigated native, medicinal and aromatic, desert, and soil erosion control plant species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Mediterranean climate
  • Tunisia
  • bioclimatic zone
  • medicinal plants
  • plant biodiversity

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