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Particulate Matter in Mangrove Forests and Seagrass Beds as a Nitrogen Source in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
Gillis, L.G.; Bouma, T.J.; Cathalot, C.; Ziegler, A.D.; Herman, P.M.J. (2015). Particulate Matter in Mangrove Forests and Seagrass Beds as a Nitrogen Source in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems. Biotropica 47(3): 286–291. dx.doi.org/10.1111/btp.12220
In: Biotropica. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation: Lawrence, KS, etc.. ISSN 0006-3606, more
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Author keywords
    buffering; mangrove forests; nitrogen; outwelling; particulate organic material; seagrass beds

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  • Gillis, L.G., more
  • Bouma, T.J., more
  • Cathalot, C.
  • Ziegler, A.D.
  • Herman, P.M.J., more

Abstract
    We show in laboratory and field investigations that in the short-term seagrasses obtain most of their required nitrogen from the degradation of seagrass leaves, rather than degradation of leaves exported from adjacent mangroves. Mangrove forests at our Thailand site retain the majority of their nutrients, and therefore potentially buffer seagrasses from nutrients.

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