Plant Species Richness and Diversity in Beda-Buna Coffee Forest, Jimma Zone, Oromia Regional State, Southwest Ethiopia

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Dereje Denu

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Traditional coffee management system in Ethiopia has contributed to the conservation of canopy trees and fragmented forest patches in the Jimma Highlands. This study was conducted on Beda-Buna coffee forest in Jimma Zone, southwest Ethiopia. Thi study was aimed to determine plant species richness, woody species diversity and abundance. Thirty-one sampling plots of 20×20m were placed systematically along two transects. Overall, 80 species of vascular plants belonging to 72 genera and 43 families were identified and recorded. The forest is characterized by high basal area, low adult tree densities and poor seedling and sapling densities.  To make this coffee forest sustainable, care should be taken for seedlings and saplings of the tree species when clearing the ground cover for better yield of coffee. Leaving some strips of land between consecutive coffee plots would help the conservation of lianas and other tree species which would otherwise be at risk of local extinction.

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Denu, D. (2020). Plant Species Richness and Diversity in Beda-Buna Coffee Forest, Jimma Zone, Oromia Regional State, Southwest Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Education and Sciences, 15(1), 1-17. Retrieved from http://journals.ju.edu.et/index.php/ejes/article/view/1632
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