Nutrition of mangroves

Reef, Ruth, Feller, Ilka and Lovelock, Catherine (2010) Nutrition of mangroves. Tree Physiology, 30 9: 1148-1160. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpq048

Author Reef, Ruth
Feller, Ilka
Lovelock, Catherine
Title Nutrition of mangroves
Journal name Tree Physiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0829-318X
Publication date 2010-09
Year available 2010
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/treephys/tpq048
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 30
Issue 9
Start page 1148
End page 1160
Total pages 13
Place of publication Victoria, BC, Canada
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
060705 Plant Physiology
Formatted abstract
Mangrove forests dominate the world's tropical and subtropical coastlines. Similar to other plant communities, nutrient availability is one of the major factors influencing mangrove forest structure and productivity. Many mangrove soils have extremely low nutrient availability, although nutrient availability can vary greatly among and within mangrove forests. Nutrient-conserving processes in mangroves are well developed and include evergreeness, resorption of nutrients prior to leaf fall, the immobilization of nutrients in leaf litter during decomposition, high root/shoot ratios and the repeated use of old root channels. Both nitrogen-use efficiency and nutrient resorption efficiencies in mangroves are amongst the highest recorded for angiosperms. A complex range of interacting abiotic and biotic factors controls the availability of nutrients to mangrove trees, and mangroves are characteristically plastic in their ability to opportunistically utilize nutrients when these become available. Nitrogen and phosphorus have been implicated as the nutrients most likely to limit growth in mangroves. Ammonium is the primary form of nitrogen in mangrove soils, in part as a result of anoxic soil conditions, and tree growth is supported mainly by ammonium uptake. Nutrient enrichment is a major threat to marine ecosystems. Although mangroves have been proposed to protect the marine environment from land-derived nutrient pollution, nutrient enrichment can have negative consequences for mangrove forests and their capacity for retention of nutrients may be limited.
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Keyword Avicennia
Nutrient resorption efficiency
Sewage treatment
Soil redox potential
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
Water sulfide concentrations
Arid-zone forests
Rising sea-level
Nutrient enrichment
Tropical mangrove
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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