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New summary of mangrove die-off research

Recently we posted about bringing our mangrove disease research into the classroom. In addition to bringing field and lab skills into the classroom, we also developed a blog post for students to read and analyze as an addition to the mangrove education curriculum developed by Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.  You can check […]

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Mangrove outreach in the classroom

We recently began a collaboration with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation where we are bringing our disease research on mangroves into the classroom. We worked with Amy Heemsoth, director of education at Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, to develop a lesson plan in which students help collect and isolate disease from mangrove leaves. We recently piloted this […]

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Transforming seawalls with fake mangroves

A research group from University of Kansas are investigating an interesting way to transform manmade structures in our waterways. Dr. Keith Van de Reit and students have added fake red mangrove panels to a seawall in Fort Myers, FL. They plan to monitor the fake mangroves to see whether they will attract marine organisms that utilize mangrove roots for […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Restoration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Mangroves worth billions just by capturing Carbon

A recent study found that mangroves within Everglades National Park store between $2 billion and $3.4 billion dollars of Carbon. See abstract below and links to popular news articles here and here.

“Old growth mangroves in existing protected areas store more carbon than restored forests or plantations. Carbon storage in such forests has economic value independent of additionality, offering opportunities […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Summary of on-going mangrove die-off research

Here is a video update on the on-going mangrove die-off research. See video here.

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Progress with Mangrove Fungus Biotechnology Project

We recently posted about investigating whether the mangrove fungus we find on infected leaves may have potential uses in biotechnology (see here). The images above show how some Pestalotiopsis cultures we have isolated from infected mangrove leaves are able to change the color of a specific dye known as Congo red. When an organism causes a color change of […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Use of Mangrove Fungi in Biotechnology

Many of our posts about mangrove fungi we’ve found on mangrove leaves have been centered on identifying the species causing the lesions we find on leaves (see here and here). We are also interested in understanding whether this fungus has potential for biotechnology applications.

Many fungi and bacteria are being studied for their ability to breakdown complex […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments
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Multiple Stressors in a Mangrove Die-off Poster

We presented a poster of our mangrove die-off research at the National Graduate Women of Science conference this past weekend. See a PDF of the poster here.

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Coconut Scales on Red Mangroves

This past summer we reported scale insects on some Red Mangroves on Abaco. With the help of Dr. Emily Meineke, we recently confirmed the identity of the scale insects as Coconut Scales (Aspidiotus destructor). Coconut scales have been recorded on Red Mangrove previously so it is no surprise that we found them on Abaco. We also found […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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How did Red Mangroves get to the Caribbean?

A new paper from the American Journal of Botany explores how Red Mangroves reestablished their populations in the Caribbean after the last glacial maximum (~19,000 years ago). The authors determined that there are actually 3 distinct genetic clusters of Red Mangrove:  Caribbean Mainland (Belize and Panama, Caribbean Islands (The Bahamas, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico) and Florida. […]