Methods for determining the basal area of an elephantgrass pasture

Geraldo Bueno Martha Júnior Moacyr Corsi Rodrigo Fernando Maule Paulo Cesar Ocheuze Trivelin Ricardo Rovari João Carlos Passoni Júnior About the authors

The basal cover of elephantgrass (Pennisetum purpureum, Schum.) cultivar `Napier' was determined using three methods: line-transect (L), quadrat (Q), and photography (P). Ten samples for each method were collected in a 1,800 m2-plot. Mean values of the basal area for the three methods were 44 %, and no statistic difference (P>0.05) was detected between L and Q and Q and P methods. Differences observed between L and P methods were statistically significant (P<0.05). Determination by the L method (47.6 %) was higher in relation to P (41.7 %) method.

Pennisetum purpureum; methodology; basal area


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