African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 807

Full Length Research Paper

Growth parameters of Pistacia atlantica Desf under different soil conditions in Iran

Sedigheh Rezaeyan1, Mohammad Reza Pourmajidian2, Hamid Jalilvand2 and Aidin Parsakhoo1*
  1Department of Forestry, Faculty of Natural Resources, Mazandaran University, Sari city, Mazandaran province, Iran. 2Department of Forestry, Faculty of Natural Resources, Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University, Sari, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 August 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009



Pistacia atlantica Desf. is one of the most important wild species in Zagros forests which is of high economical and environmental value. Therefore the investigation on the vegetative parameters of this native species is necessary. The study was conducted in Shoorab nursery placed in Khoram Abad city, which was located in west of Iran. Experiment was carried out based on randomized plot (block) design including 4 soil treatments (pure forest soil, sandy soil, nursery soil and mixed forest soil) with 100 replications for each treatment. The height, vitality, and leaf number, collar diameter, survival, stem length, root length, stem: root length ratio and stem: root dry weight ratio of P. atlantica Desf seedlings were measured. The results showed significant effects of different soil treatments on different growth properties of seedlings except for effects on root length and stem: root length ratio. Grown seedlings on the forest soil had highest height, vitality, leaf number and survival, while the stem: root dry weight ratio for grown seedlings on this soil type was the least. The greatest collar diameter growth was observed on seedlings grown on the nursery soil. In conclusion the forest soil had better effects on vegetative parameters of Pistacia atlantica Desf seedlings.


Key words: Soil treatments, Pistacia atlantica desf., seedlings, vegetative parameters, nursery.