384 pages, b&w illus, diagrams
Mangrove ecosystems are tropical or subtropical communities of mainly tree species which can be found on low, muddy, usually intertidal coastal areas. They cover an area of approximately twenty million hectares throughout the world, with the largest expanses occurring in Malaysia, India, Brazil, Venezuela, Nigeria and Senegal. Mangrove communities are of great ecological importance due to the role they play as habitat builders and shoreline stabilisers. They typically grow in saline coastal soils, which develop through a combination of two processes: mineral sediment deposition and organic matter accumulation.
Mangroves: Ecology, Biology and Taxonomy presents topical research from across the globe in the study of mangroves, including the eco-biology of mangroves, the mangrove ecosystem of Sundarbans, mangrove wetland ecosystem modelling in the Everglades and the microbial diversity from mangrove sediments.
Preface; Eco-Biology of Mangroves; Human Use & Ecotoxicology of Mudskippers: Potential Biomonitors of Mangrove & other Soft Bottom Intertidal Ecosystems; Mangrove Ecosystem of Sundarbans, India: Biodiversity, Ecology, Threats & Conservation; Mangrove Wetland Ecosystem Modeling in the Everglades; The Rhizophora Apiculata Mangrove & its Applications; Microbial Diversity from Mangroves Sediments: Insights from Culture Independent Approaches; Conservation of Xinhui Wetland Region: Sonneratia Caseolaris Engl. Nursery Survival in Xinhui Coastal District of Guangdong, South China Sea; Degradation of Mangrove Litter & its Contribution as Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen to the Adjacent Estuary of Sagar Island, Sunderban Mangrove Ecosystem, India; Assemblage & Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Mangrove Plant Species of the Southwest Coast of India; Underwater Photosynthesis & Indirect Use of HCO3- by Completely Submerged Leaves of Mangrove Species Aegiceras corniculatum; Mangroves in the Change: The Need of New Synthesis of Climate, Ecohydro-logy & Biomedical Research; Soil Condition & Sedimentation Pattern in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh; Mathematical Models in Mangroves Induced Soil Salinization; Index.
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