Assessment of mangrove species and its relation to soil substrates in malapatan, Sarangani Province, Philippines

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Assessment of mangrove species and its relation to soil substrates in malapatan, Sarangani Province, Philippines

Earl Kevin C. Mullet, Giuseppe Haydn Lacorte, Rea Mae A. Hamiladan, Clarince Eden M. Arabit, Shienna O. Cuales, Lira Grace C. Lasutan, NorlyJane S. Alagos, Haironesa G. Kamantu, Kristene Joy T. Protacio, Jess H. Jumawan
J. Bio. Env. Sci.5( 4), 100-107, October 2014.
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Abstract

Mangroves are type of trees growing along tidal mudflats and along shallow coastal areas, extending inland along rivers, streams, and their tributaries where water is generally brackish. This study was conducted from June-August, 2014 in Malapatan, Sarangani Province particularly in the coastal barangays of LunPadidu, Tuyan and Poblacion. The study area provided excellent sites for studying habitat associations because of the various substrate types observed in the sites. Five replicate plots of equal size in each forest type were encountered along these sites.There were a total of 7 identified mangrove species belonging to 6 families found along the coastal parts of the study areas. Data shows that particular species of mangrove has its own preference in soil characteristic for growth. The gravel was identified as the most dominant substrate among all the collected samples. Spearman Rank Correlation showed that mangrove diversity was positively correlated to sandy soil ranging from medium sand to silt/clay. However, biggerS. alba trees have been observed on gravel-rich soils compared to those found growing on medium sand, fine sand or silt/clay soils. The study provided vital information for rehabilitation actions of the mangal communities along the areas and provided baseline data as reference for mangrove researches in Malapatan, Sarangani Province, Philippines.

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