IJEP 42(3): 316-327 : Vol. 42 Issue. 3 (March 2022)
1. Bule Hora University, Department of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, P.O. Box 144, Bule Hora, Ethiopia
2. Ambo University, Division of Environmental Science, Biology Department, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, P.O. Box 19, Ambo, Ethiopia
In the present study the anticipated performance index of tree species from Ambo town was evaluated for the purpose of green belt development. For evaluating anticipated performance index of the species, alongwith biochemical parameters, biological and socio-economic parameters, such as plant habit, canopy structure, type of plant, texture, hardness and economic value of each species were considered. Descriptive statistics using crosstabs were used for data analysis using statistical package for social sciences software (SPSS version 21). Results of the present study have shown that highest air pollution tolerance index was found with Jacaranda mimosifolia (35.28) followed by Schinus molle (35.21) which were designated as ‘tolerant’ species whereas least air pollution tolerance index was associated with Croton macrstachs (12.28) followed by Olea africana (13.25) which are designated as ‘sensitive’ species. As far as anticipated performance scoring is considered, highest score was attained by Azadirachta indica (4) at site 1 and at site 2 highest score was attained by Schinus mole (4). At site 3, Psidium guajava attained highest anticipated performance index score of 4. Based on the chi-squared (X²) test value it was concluded that there is no significant relation exists between anticipated performance and tolerance index. Dust holding capacity has shown an inverse correlation with leaf area of plant species.
Air pollution tolerance index, Ambo town, Green belt, Performance index
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