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Authors Rattanachot, E; Prathep, A
Author Full Name Rattanachot, Ekkalak; Prathep, Anchana
Title Temporal variation in growth and reproduction of Enhalus acoroides (L.f.) Royle in a monospecific meadow in Haad Chao Mai National Park, Trang Province, Thailand
Source BOTANICA MARINA
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Enhalus acoroides; growth; reproduction; temporal variation; Thailand
Keywords Plus ZOSTERA-MARINA; NW PHILIPPINES; CAPE BOLINAO; BIOMASS; SEAGRASSES; LIGHT; BAY
Abstract Enhalus acoroides is the largest tropical seagrass species. It is common and highly productive in coastal ecosystems. The objective of this study was to investigate temporal growth and reproduction of E. acoroides in Haad Chao Mai National Park, Thailand, which is located on the eastern shore of the Indian Ocean. Growth of E. acoroides was significantly different among months. Average leaf elongation rate was 2.07 +/- 0.04 cm day(-1) and the average leaf plastrochrone interval was 26.1 +/- 0.6 days. New leaf production, leaf elongation rate and leaf surface area tracked definite patterns of seasonal change. There were two peaks of growth during the transitional season. All growth variables correlated with water temperature. Recruitment rate of new shoots was low from January to March (0.009-0.007 shoots shoot(-1) day(-1)). Flower production was low, with male and female flowers occurring at densities of 0.10 +/- 0.05 m(-2) and 0.13 +/- 0.10 m(-2), respectively. No fruits were found in experimental plots throughout the study.
Author Address [Rattanachot, Ekkalak; Prathep, Anchana] Prince Songkla Univ, Excellence Ctr Biodivers Peninsular Thailand, Seaweed & Seagrass Res Unit, Dept Biol,Fac Sci, Hat Yai 90112, Songkhla, Thailand
Reprint Address Prathep, A (reprint author), Prince Songkla Univ, Excellence Ctr Biodivers Peninsular Thailand, Seaweed & Seagrass Res Unit, Dept Biol,Fac Sci, Hat Yai 90112, Songkhla, Thailand.
E-mail Address anchana.p@psu.ac.th
Funding Agency and Grant Number TRF/BIOTEC [BRT T_250004]; Graduate School, Songkla University, Thailand
Funding Text This work was supported by TRF/BIOTEC Special Program for Biodiversity Research and Training grant BRT T_250004 and partially funded by the Graduate School, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. We are very much grateful for the suggestions and comments during field work from Prof. Dr. Frederick T. Short. Professor Larry B. Liddle has kindly improved the manuscript; Professor Anthony Chapman and two reviewers provided valuable suggestions, which greatly improved the manuscript. Special thanks to The Seaweed and Seagrass Research Unit TEAM, Prince of Songkla University and all the staff at Marine National Park Education Center in Trang who also provided great help, especially in the field work.
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Cited Reference Count 32
Times Cited 12
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 12
Publisher WALTER DE GRUYTER & CO
Publisher City BERLIN
Publisher Address GENTHINER STRASSE 13, D-10785 BERLIN, GERMANY
ISSN 0006-8055
29-Character Source Abbreviation BOT MAR
ISO Source Abbreviation Bot. Marina
Publication Date APR
Year Published 2011
Volume 54
Issue 2
Beginning Page 201
Ending Page 207
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1515/BOT.2011.018
Subject Category 7
Document Delivery Number Plant Sciences; Marine & Freshwater Biology
Unique Article Identifier Plant Sciences; Marine & Freshwater Biology
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