About this Research Topic
Mangrove trees have their roots submerged in the water and flourish in situations that kill most plants, including extreme heat, mud, and salt. The tides affect these woodlands along the coast, which are found everywhere on tropical, protected coastlines.
Aerial root systems, succulent, sclerophyllous leaves, and viviparous seedlings are some of the most well-studied adaptations that provide compelling examples of changes related to environmental conditions. Multiple researchers believed that identical physical and environmental conditions in different parts of the world should sustain similar numbers of species, provided these local communities develop independently.
The mangrove forest ecosystem stabilizes the coastline, protects water quality, reduces coastal flooding, provides fish habitat, and protects wildlife species. Mangrove forests also contribute annually to the economy by creating employment through many ecosystem services such as fisheries, fuel and timber, medicinal products, coastal protection, and numerous cultural and spiritual uses.
However, fishing, forest logging, coastal development, coastal engineering, aquaculture, tourism, recreation, and mining are human activities that influence deforestation.
By tackling the significant risks to mangroves, such as the expansion of the tourism industry, pollution from fertilizer and pesticide runoff, and inappropriate garbage disposal, they can survive for future generations.
As there is an urgent need to create effective management strategies based on a functional understanding of the physical and biological processes of mangrove ecosystem functioning, research articles on these critical aspects will be addressed.
This call for research articles will provide further evidence for the importance of mangroves to people and the implications for their well-being.
We welcome original research articles, short communications and review articles on the following areas of interest but are not limited to:
- Conservation and management of mangrove forest ecosystem;
- Sustainable and unsustainable resource usage of mangrove forests;
- Carbon storage capacity of soils and sediments in mangrove forest ecosystems;
- Methods, strategies, and outcomes of best practices, in mangrove restoration programmes;
- Climate Change impact on mangrove forest ecosystems;
- Plant-microbe Interactions in mangrove forest ecosystems;
- Plant adaptation to extreme environments in mangrove forest ecosystems;
- Development of predictive models relating to mangrove ecosystem dynamics.
Keywords: Mangrove forests, Ecosystem, Physiology, Management Practices, Threats
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