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Article Number - 403F5CE2360


Vol.2(2), pp. 012-015 , February 2008

ISSN: 1996-0824



Full Length Research Paper

Epiphytic organisms on the pneumatophores of the mangrove Avicennia marina: occurrence and possible function


Y. Naidoo*, T. D. Steinke, F. D. Mann, A. Bhatt and S. Gairola




School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu- Natal, Westville Campus KZN, South Africa.


Email: naidooy1@ukzn.ac.za






 Accepted: 28 January 2008  Published: 28 February 2008

Copyright © 2008 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

The nature of the epiphytism of red algae and also the occurrence and possible role of other epiphytic micro-organisms within the superficial tissues of pneumatophores of Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies revealed that bacteria and holdfasts of red algae were present in damaged tissue of the periderm. Culture studies indicated that some bacteria were diazotrophic. A mutualistic relationship between epiphytes and mangrove pneumatophores was postulated.

 

Keywords: Algae, bacteria, epiphytism, mangrove, Avicennia marina.


APA (2008). Epiphytic organisms on the pneumatophores of the mangrove Avicennia marina: occurrence and possible function. African Journal of Plant Science, 2(2), 012-015.
Chicago Y. Naidoo, T. D. Steinke, F. D. Mann, A. Bhatt and S. Gairola. "Epiphytic organisms on the pneumatophores of the mangrove Avicennia marina: occurrence and possible function." African Journal of Plant Science 2, no. 2 (2008): 012-015.
MLA Y. Naidoo, et al. "Epiphytic organisms on the pneumatophores of the mangrove Avicennia marina: occurrence and possible function." African Journal of Plant Science 2.2 (2008): 012-015.
   
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