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Authors Choosak, S; Thongjoo, C; Chaichana, R
Author Full Name Choosak, S.; Thongjoo, C.; Chaichana, R.
Title ECOLOGICAL ROLES OF COMMERCIAL MANGROVE PLANTATION FORESTS FOR BENTHIC MACROINVERTEBRATE COMMUNITIES IN THAILAND
Source APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords mangrove; biodiversity; water quality; Thailand
Keywords Plus PENAEUS-MONODON; ECOSYSTEM; SERVICES
Abstract Mangrove plantation for renewable energy production has an important economic value for Thai inhabitants. Planted mangroves may also serve as valuable areas for biodiversity. We aimed to investigate benthic community structure and estuarine environment in mangrove plantation sites (young, intermediate, mature sites and a semi natural mangrove forest) in Samut Songkram province. The mangrove plantation is a monoculture of Rhizophora apiculata compared with a semi natural mangrove forest where 5 species of trees were recorded. Values of mangrove height and diameter at breast height (DBH) increased with the age of the mangrove plantation forests. Overall, the parameters reflected good water quality conditions (temperature 30.75-32 degrees C; pH 6.69-7.73; salinity 16.33-21.66 ppt; DO 3.45-4.57 mg/l). Nutrient concentrations and BOD were rather low indicating less impact from nutrient sources. In term of biodiversity, phytoplankton and zooplankton appeared to be greater in younger mangrove plantation sites. Intertidal benthic macroinvertebrate communities tended to increase with the age of the plantation site and invertebrate assemblages have developed through time. Hence, it could be stated that mangrove plantation used as charcoal production not only generates income for the local people but also plays an important role in estuarine ecosystems as the crucial habitat for benthic macroinvertebrate species.
Author Address [Choosak, S.; Chaichana, R.] Kasetsart Univ, Fac Environm, Dept Environm Technol & Management, Bangkhean Campus, Bangkok, Thailand; [Thongjoo, C.] Kasetsart Univ, Fac Agr Kamphaeng Saen, Dept Soil Sci, Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Reprint Address Chaichana, R (corresponding author), Kasetsart Univ, Fac Environm, Dept Environm Technol & Management, Bangkhean Campus, Bangkok, Thailand.
E-mail Address fscircc@ku.ac.th
ORCID Number Chaichana, Ratcha/0000-0003-0244-9736
Funding Agency and Grant Number Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI)
Funding Text We are grateful to the Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) for financially support this research under the main project of
Times Cited 1
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 1
Publisher CORVINUS UNIV BUDAPEST
Publisher City BUDAPEST
Publisher Address VILLANYI UT 29/43, BUDAPEST, H-1118, HUNGARY
ISSN 1589-1623
29-Character Source Abbreviation APPL ECOL ENV RES
ISO Source Abbreviation Appl. Ecol. Environ. Res.
Year Published 2016
Volume 14
Issue 2
Beginning Page 421
Ending Page 432
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.15666/aeer/1402_421432
Page Count 12
Web of Science Category Ecology; Environmental Sciences
Subject Category Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number DK9AO
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000375222100027
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