Light dependent properties of five Native Mangrove species(c)by Promila Kapoor-Vijay
A brief note
Promila Kapoor-Vijay(ID name Promila Kapoor)
There are about 80 species of true mangrove trees worldwide, mangrove ecosystems comprise a relatively low number of habitat-forming tree species, are rich with a high diversity of decomposer, detritivorous and consumer species. Although the overall level of diversity in mangrove ecosystems is low relative to those of other key tropical habitats such as coral reefs and tropical rainforestss, these species collectively support many important ecosystem services (Lee et al.,(2017).
The key feature of Mangrove study relates to the adaptive capacity of five mangrove tree species and their response to strong light. The study by Kitao et al, describes and reports an examination of photosynthesis specifically the light-dependent properties of five mangrove native tree species which are: Sonneratia alba, Rhizophora stylosa, Rhizophora apiculata, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza and Xylocarpus granatum)”.
1.Mangrove Ecosystems: A Global Biogeographic Perspective.Rivera-Monroy V.H. et al. (2017) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62206-4_3
2. Light-dependent photosynthetic characteristics indicated by chlorophyll fluorescence in five mangrove species native to Pohnpei Island, Micronesia
Wild relatives of Native Species- have been since time memorial found to be useful.These plants, and also other organisms are closely related to biological wealth of nations. Mrs.Promila Kapoor PhD
( I prefer to use my professional name Dr.Mrs. Promila Kapoor-Vijay (c)
Rice genome`s recent studies have brought out 3000 plant races of wild rice.Similar work on Sweet potato, Amaranth, Buckwheat, and Chenopods is ongoing.
The Latest development in the search for new plants to answer problem of hunger and malnutrition- focus on future crops such as Chenopodium Quinoa( Quinoa) is being given high attention.
“Quinoa for Future Food and Nutrition Security in Marginal Environments
The global population is expected to increase to 9.7 billion in 2050 and there are concerns about the capacity of agriculture to produce enough food for the growing population. By some estimates, food production will need to go up by about 60 percent either through an increase in crop yields per unit area or expansion in the arable land by 2050 to meet the demand (World Population Prospects-the 2008 Revision, UN, 2009).
Several regions already suffering from malnutrition, water scarcity and soil degradation have been forecast to have a large population growth which raises serious concerns about whether traditional agricultural methods and crops species will have the capacity to sustain global food production targets.
Major cereal crops like wheat, rice, barley and corn are progressively failing to withstand increasing salinity and scarce water resources in marginal environments that are most vulnerable to climate change.
There is an urgent need to identify alternative solutions to sustaining, and, possibly, increasing agricultural productivity in areas where growing conventional crops has become difficult, but the alternative/underutilised traditional crops such as Millets, Amaranths, Buckwheat, Quinoa have great potential. Some species such as Chenopods and their wild relatives can play an important role in eradicating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.(c)