Breakdown of fresh and dried Rhizophora mucronata leaves in a mangrove of Southwest India

  title={Breakdown of fresh and dried Rhizophora mucronata leaves in a mangrove of Southwest India},
  author={Krishnappa Ananda and Kandikere Ramaiah Sridhar and Neelavar S Raviraja and Felix J Baerlocher},
  journal={Wetlands Ecology and Management},
Patterns of fungal colonization, mass loss and biochemical changes during the decomposition of predried and fresh (naturally fallen) leaves of Rhizophora mucronata were studied in a southwest mangrove of India. Dried and fresh leaves in litter bags were introduced at the mid-tide zone and retrieved after 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 and 14 weeks. On incubation in the laboratory, a total of 5 ascomycetes and 18 anamorphic fungi were recorded. The majority of anamorphic taxa were natural inhabitants of the… CONTINUE READING


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