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Study on regeneration of tree species in TFRI Campus Plantations, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Abstract

The present study investigates the status of regeneration of different (planted and native) tree species of Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI) campus. Vegetation present in the campus represents a unique mix of native and non-native plants, which are coexisting and regenerating. Plantations were undertaken in 109 ha of the campus area in form of experimental trials, avenue plantation, ex-situ conservation, progeny trials, provenance trials, etc. A total of 98 tree species were recorded from the campus area, of which 18 species showed regeneration and establishment. Both native and planted species are successfully regenerating in the campus. The most successfully regenerating species in the campus is Leucanea leucocephala. The other non-native planted species showing successful regeneration is Santalum album. The plantations also support regeneration of native species like Butea monosperma, Acacia catechu, Diospyros melanoxylon, Anogeissus pendula, Mallotus philippinensis, Grewia asiatica, Buchanania lanzan and Bombax ceiba. Leucanea leucopholea is an invasive species and needed to be removed in a phased mannered, however the species acts as nurse plant for Santalum album, which is a partial root parasite.