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Spatio-Temporal Variation in Species Diversity between Plantation and Secondary Forest of Kakamega Tropical Rain Forest in Kenya
John Maina Nyongesah 1  
,   Yuelin Li 2  
 
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Department of Biological Sciences, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, P.O Box 210, Bondo, 40601, Kenya
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South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 723 Xingke Road, Tianhe District, Gungzhou, 51650, China
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John Maina Nyongesah   

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Bondo, Kenya
Publication date: 2021-09-01
 
Ecol. Eng. Environ. Technol. 2021; 5:1–11
 
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The Kenyan tropical rain forest is under imminent threat of degradation due to the changes in climatic condition and rapid growing human population. This study determined the changes in woody species diversity between natural forest (secondary forest) and plantation forest during different stages of plant succession. The secondary data from three forest blocks was obtained from Kenya Forest Research Institute and used to derive species diversity. Variation in species diversity and abundance was analyzed by SPSS software. Species richness was significantly different between plantation and secondary forest types (P<0.001). Shannon diversity index (