Differences in leaf construction cost between alien and native mangrove species in Futian, Shenzhen, China : Implications for invasiveness of alien species

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Author(s)

  • Fenglan Li
  • Qiong Yang
  • Qijie Zan
  • Nora F.Y. Tam
  • Paul K.S. Shin
  • Lilian L.P. Vrijmoed

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1957-1962
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume62
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Abstract

Construction cost (CC) is a quantifiable measure of energy demand for biomass production, and low CC is hypothesized to give an alien plant growth advantages and increase its potential to be an invader. Comparison of leaf CC and growth traits between alien and native mangroves in Shenzhen Futian Nature Reserve showed CC per unit mass (CC mass), carbon concentration and gross and ash-free caloric values of alien mangroves were significantly lower than those of native species, while the height and chest circumference were just the opposite. Alien species Sonneratia apetala had the lowest CC mass while Sonneratia caseolaris had the lowest CC area, and were 8.99% and 32.17% lower than those of native species, respectively. Conversely, specific leaf area (SLA) of these two Sonneratia species was significantly higher than native species. Lower CC and higher SLA make the two Sonneratia species grow and spread faster than other mangroves and enhance their invasive potential. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Conservation, Invasive potential, Leaf construction cost, Mangrove, Sonneratia

Citation Format(s)

Differences in leaf construction cost between alien and native mangrove species in Futian, Shenzhen, China : Implications for invasiveness of alien species. / Li, Fenglan; Yang, Qiong; Zan, Qijie; Tam, Nora F.Y.; Shin, Paul K.S.; Vrijmoed, Lilian L.P.; Cheung, S.G.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 62, No. 9, 09.2011, p. 1957-1962.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review