Predicting the potential distribution of Carthamus lanatus L. (Saffron thistle) using Maximum Entropy model in India
Publication Date : 23/03/2016
Carthamus lanatus L. is closely related to safflower and originated from Mediterranean Basin. Wild species especially the wild relatives of crop plants are invaluable source or resistance to several biotic and abiotic stresses, yield, nutritional quality, adaptation and genetic diversity. In India, the species distribution is restricted to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Ecological niche modelling has been analyzed using Maximum Entropy method for present and future climatic conditions. The generated MaxEnt model indicated that parts of Gilgit, Chilas, Baramula, Srinagar, Kupwara, Kargil, Doda, Leh (Ladakh), Udhampur of Jammu & Kashmir and Chamba and Lahul&Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh are the highest probability regions for the distribution of C. lanatus.
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