Effect of lightning strikes on damage and death of trees in a logged-over forest, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Zohari Ahmad Fitri, A. S. Muhammad Firdaus, Z. Mohamad Sobre, Z. Mohamad Murshidi, Wan Juliana Wan Ahmad, A. Latiff

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Abstract

Lightning becomes one of the important causes of tree mortality in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Forest Reserve. A study was conducted in Nature Education Forest which is a part of the forest reserve to monitor the effect of lightning on tree damage and mortality. In an area of 0.02 ha, a total of 26 individual trees were recorded as dead due to lightning. A single tree of Calophyllum sp. was directly strucked by lightning. The effect of lightning caused the tree to become spirally broken within the range of 2-10 m from the base. A total of 18 individual trees were also affected by lightning either some of the individuals were totally damaged with the growth of new sprouts or only the branches were dead. The mortality of big trees has contributed to the formation of forest gaps which allow incident light to reach forest floor. This study is the first report that shows the effects of lightning in this forest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Forester
Volume80
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Damage
  • Death
  • Gap
  • Lightning strikes

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  • Forestry

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Ahmad Fitri, Z., Muhammad Firdaus, A. S., Mohamad Sobre, Z., Mohamad Murshidi, Z., Wan Ahmad, W. J., & Latiff, A. (2017). Effect of lightning strikes on damage and death of trees in a logged-over forest, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. Malaysian Forester, 80(2), 161-168.

Effect of lightning strikes on damage and death of trees in a logged-over forest, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. / Ahmad Fitri, Zohari; Muhammad Firdaus, A. S.; Mohamad Sobre, Z.; Mohamad Murshidi, Z.; Wan Ahmad, Wan Juliana; Latiff, A.

In: Malaysian Forester, Vol. 80, No. 2, 01.01.2017, p. 161-168.

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Ahmad Fitri, Z, Muhammad Firdaus, AS, Mohamad Sobre, Z, Mohamad Murshidi, Z, Wan Ahmad, WJ & Latiff, A 2017, 'Effect of lightning strikes on damage and death of trees in a logged-over forest, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia', Malaysian Forester, vol. 80, no. 2, pp. 161-168.
Ahmad Fitri, Zohari ; Muhammad Firdaus, A. S. ; Mohamad Sobre, Z. ; Mohamad Murshidi, Z. ; Wan Ahmad, Wan Juliana ; Latiff, A. / Effect of lightning strikes on damage and death of trees in a logged-over forest, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. In: Malaysian Forester. 2017 ; Vol. 80, No. 2. pp. 161-168.
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