dispersal, and local ecological dominance, reflecting the degree of adaptation to the demanding intertidal environment. Both the range and the ecological success in part relate to propagule properties. The numerous and/or large propagules constitute a major parental investment, with a dual functionality: local recruitment and long distance dispersal.
In this contribution we expand on the gradual autonomy of the rhizophoracean mangrove propagule on the parental tree, the challenges when it is abscised and enters the dynamic mangrove biotope and its features and responses for long term dispersal. We indicate a number of challenges young detached propagules face. For this we bring together various elements of insight gathered in our research group on water relations, the dispersal physiology and mechanics, the nutrient relations, the genetics, and herbivore impacts, but we also establish major knowledge gaps in our understanding of the crucial life stage between abscission and successful establishment of the rhizophoracean propagule.
|Publication status||Published - 6 Feb 2017|
|Event||European conference of Tropical Ecology: soctropecol - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium|
Duration: 6 Feb 2017 → 10 Feb 2017
|Conference||European conference of Tropical Ecology|
|Period||6/02/17 → 10/02/17|