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Authors Thangaradjou, T; Bhatt, JR
Author Full Name Thangaradjou, T.; Bhatt, J. R.
Title Status of seagrass ecosystems in India
Source OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Distribution; Genetic diversity; Molecular studies; Ecology; Productivity; Seagrass associates; Biotechnological application
Keywords Plus HALOPHILA-BECCARII ASCHERS; MANNAR BIOSPHERE RESERVE; SOUTHEAST COAST; CORAL-REEF; LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS; NITROGEN-FIXATION; PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS; PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY; CYMODOCEA-SERRULATA; MARINE ANGIOSPERMS
Abstract India, one of the countries with prominent seagrass resources, is represented by 16 species of seagrass with an approximate cover of 500 sq km at isolated locations along the coast, lagoons, backwaters and estuaries. Molecular taxonomic studies confirmed the distribution of these species and further studies at the population level are warranted, as there are possibilities to erect 6 new species. Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep islands and Gulf of Kutch are the major seagrass areas characterized by unique ecological variation. Though there is no comprehensive study on the seagrass associated floral and faunal composition in the country, about 1250 species of flora and fauna including endangered dugong and green turtles are reported from this fragile ecosystem. Ecology, productivity and biomass of seagrass of the country are well documented at major seagrass sites leaving the other minor seagrass areas least studied. Mapping of seagrass in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands and Tamilnadu coast are well documented but holistic mapping of seagrass in the entire country is still not attempted. The research on seagrass in India gained momentum in the recent past, but it still needs to go a long way to address the major research questions and transforming them as management plans.
Author Address [Thangaradjou, T.] Govt India, Dept Sci & Technol, Sci & Engn Res Board, New Delhi 110070, India; [Bhatt, J. R.] Govt India, Minist Environm Forests & Climate Change, New Delhi 110003, India
Reprint Address Thangaradjou, T (reprint author), Govt India, Dept Sci & Technol, Sci & Engn Res Board, New Delhi 110070, India.
E-mail Address ttradjou@serb.gov.in; jrbhatt@nic.in
Cited Reference Count 99
Times Cited 1
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 1
Publisher ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publisher City OXFORD
Publisher Address THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
ISSN 0964-5691
29-Character Source Abbreviation OCEAN COAST MANAGE
ISO Source Abbreviation Ocean Coastal Manage.
Publication Date JUN 1
Year Published 2018
Volume 159
Beginning Page 7
Ending Page 15
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.11.025
Page Count 9
Web of Science Category Oceanography; Water Resources
Subject Category Oceanography; Water Resources
Document Delivery Number GL0EA
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000436635800003
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