ROLE OF ANTHROPOGENIC CANOPY GAPS ON NATURAL REGENERATION PATTERN OF MONOSPECIFIC CERIOPS TAGAL IN RAKAWA LAGOON, SRI LANKA

MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology

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Title ROLE OF ANTHROPOGENIC CANOPY GAPS ON NATURAL REGENERATION PATTERN OF MONOSPECIFIC CERIOPS TAGAL IN RAKAWA LAGOON, SRI LANKA
 
Creator Thilakaratna, W.S
Pathirana, P.B.M
Kumara, M.P
 
Subject Anthropogenic
Canopy Gap
Ceriops Tagal
Mangroves
Sri Lanka
 
Description Mangroves are distinctly dominated in tropical and subtropical areas as special kind of trees, palms, shrubs, vines and ferns. Ceriops tagal is one kind of mangrove species which shows monospecific distribution in Rakawa lagoon in Sri Lanka. There are certain factors which influence the natural regeneration pattern of Ceriops tagal. Light intensity is one of the factors which penetrates through canopy gaps and regulates the growth of seed, seedling and sapling and these canopy gaps are resulted mainly due to anthropogenic canopy eradication. However, the studies on the influence of man-made canopy gaps on natural regeneration pattern of mangroves are limited in Sri Lanka. Therefore, current study was carried out in Rakawa Lagoon in July 2014 to estimate the regeneration pattern of Ceriops tagal by the means of mean seedling, sapling densities and live and dead seed densities in open canopy sites with regard to closed canopy sites. Finally, to compare the mean density values of Seedling plus sapling obtained in July 2013 to get the overall knowledge on the effect of canopy gap on regeneration pattern of Ceriops tagal. Consequently mean density of seedling plus sapling were taken as regeneration class 1 and height of seedlings and saplings and the number of live and dead seeds were documented from randomly selected three homogenous plots ,(4m2 x 3) from open canopy sites and three homogenous plots (4m2 x 3) from closed canopy sites. Two –Sample T- test and Paired T-test of “MINITAB 16 software” were used to analyze and compare the data. Mean density of regeneration class 1 in open canopy sites was significantly higher p=0.02 (p<0.05) than closed canopy sites. Hence canopy gaps play major role in enhancing the natural regeneration and increasing the survivability of Ceriops tagal species. Output of this study can be used for mangroves conservation in Sri Lanka. Article DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.20319/mijst.2018.33.295305 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.
 
Publisher GRDS Publishing
 
Date 2018-02-02
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/matter/article/view/1051
 
Source MATTER: International Journal of Science and Technology; Vol 3 No 3 (2017): Regular Issue
2454-5880
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/matter/article/view/1051/3015
 
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