Special Issue Article
Inter-relationship between Physico-chemical Variables and Litter Production in Mangroves of Indian Sundarbans
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- Rajrupa Ghosh
Techno India University
Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 091, India
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Received date: July 25, 2013 Accepted date: October 24, 2013 Published date: October 29, 2013
Citation: Ghosh R, Banerjee K (2013) Inter-relationship between Physico-chemical Variables and Litter Production in Mangroves of Indian Sundarbans.J Marine Sci Res Development S11:001. doi: 10.4172/2155-9910.S11-001
Copyright: © 2012 Ghosh R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Litter production in mangrove has immense ecological importance, as it sustains both the planktonic and detritus food webs in the aquatic phase and intertidal mudflats, respectively. The present study was undertaken in the western and central sectors of Indian Sundarbans that are different in terms of physico-chemical variables (particularly salinity). Litter production was higher in the western sector owing to higher diversity of mangrove species in the selected plots. High salinity and wind action also accelerated the process of litter fall (both leaf litter and miscellaneous litter), and hence, the peak values of total litter, leaf litter and miscellaneous litter fall (except Sagar Island) was observed in premonsoon season, in both the western and central sectors of the study area.