Assessment of Habitat Suitability of Melientha Suavis Pierre (Opiliaceae) based on some Environmental Factors in Ban Pong Development Project Area of Royal Initiative Project, San Sai District, Chiang Mai Province

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Manolom Vongsenekeo
Sutheera Hermhuk
Witchaphart Sungpalee
Kriangsak Sri-ngernyuang
Kanitta Satienpirakul

Abstract

The objective of this research was to assess habitat suitability of Melientha suavis (Phak Wan Pa) based on some environmental factors related to M. suavis distribution in the study area within deciduous dipterocarp forest (DDF) at Ban Pong development project area of Royal Initiative Project, San Sai district, Chiang Mai province. For this purpose, 45 systematic temporary plots were established and data on topographical conditions and soil properties were collected. The relationship among the collected data were analyzed using a generalized linear model, which were used in combination with an assessment of geographic information system to evaluate the habitat suitability of M. suavis. The results indicated that M. suavis distributed densely within the DDF. The number of seedlings was not significant different among plots, whereby the number of seedlings found in the study area was 361 individuals/ hectare. Of the 589.76 hectare (3,686 rai) under study, 388.76 hectare (2,429.75 rai) were found to be moderately suitable for M. suavis (65.95 % of total area), 116 hectare (725 rai) were classified as highly suitable (19.67 % of total area), and 85 hectare (532.25 rai) were slightly suitable for M. suavis distribution (14.41 % of total area). Environmental factors that were positively associated with M. suavis distribution consisted of sandy texture, extractable form of manganese (Mn) and extractable form of copper (Cu), while negatively associated factors were slope, distant from natural stream and soil pH. It was also observed that there was a positive trend for mature M. suavis to be associated with Quercus kerii or Wendlandia paniculate, both of which were the co-dominance tree species of the DDF. The results of this study can be applied to forest management and population restoration of M. suavis in the area based on habitat suitability.

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Vongsenekeo, M., Hermhuk, S., Sungpalee, W., Sri-ngernyuang, K., & Satienpirakul, K. (2022). Assessment of Habitat Suitability of Melientha Suavis Pierre (Opiliaceae) based on some Environmental Factors in Ban Pong Development Project Area of Royal Initiative Project, San Sai District, Chiang Mai Province. Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya Research Journal, 14(2), 513–528. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/rmutsvrj/article/view/248207
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Manolom Vongsenekeo, Program in Geosocial Based Sustainable Development, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University.

Program in Geosocial Based Sustainable Development, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand.

Sutheera Hermhuk, Program in Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University.

Program in Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand.

Witchaphart Sungpalee, Program in Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University.

Program in Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural Production, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand.

Kriangsak Sri-ngernyuang, Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, Maejo University.

Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand.

Kanitta Satienpirakul, Program in Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Faculty of Economics, Maejo University.

Program in Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Faculty of Economics, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand.

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