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Wild Shores of Singapore: Seagrasses disappearing in Singapore because not enough sex!

"Around three to four years ago, Dr Siti Maryam Yaakub, started noticing that most of the flowers and fruits had simply stopped appearing. Seagrass populations can grow by cloning themselves, and long-term surveys have indeed seen certain meadows increasing in size, such as those at Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin. But Dr Siti said this clonal growth - if it is indeed what Singapore's seagrass are doing could mean all the new seagrass are equally vulnerable to stressors like disease, making it more likely for entire new populations to die at the same time. Furthermore, without seeds lying around in the environment, it would be much harder for new plants to return. Ms Samantha Lai, a PhD candidate at the Experimental Marine Ecology Lab at the National University of Singapore (NUS), said there was already one such case on the shores of Pulau Semakau. In 2009, a seagrass meadow off t...

Full article: http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2016/12/seagrasses-disappe...

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