03 Oct '11, 12pm

Wild Shores of Singapore: Learning about Mandai mangroves from Dr Yong

Wild Shores of Singapore: Learning about Mandai mangroves from Dr Yong

It's a treasure to spend time with Dr John Yong as I always learn so much from him. Today, he took time from his busy schedule to share astonishing insights into Mandai mangroves with Rick and I. Dr Yong starts teaching us even before we enter the mangroves. Pointing out the signs of where the back mangroves used to be before they were cleared for kampungs and the railway. Dr Yong also pointed out this Ceropia tree, a non-native tree, which he highlighted could become a danger to our mangroves as it is salt tolerant. It could displace some of our native back mangrove plants. I found this recent paper about The distribution and ecology of Cecropia species in Singapore (pdf) with more details about the trees, which originally come from the tropical Americas. As we ventured into the lovely mangroves of Mandai, Dr Yong points out the importance of the presence of epiphytes. Th...

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