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Microcosm Study on Allelopathic Effects of Leaf Litter Leachates and Purified Condensed Tannins from Kandelia obovata on Germination and Growth of Aegiceras corniculatum

Version 1 : Received: 14 June 2021 / Approved: 16 June 2021 / Online: 16 June 2021 (12:43:27 CEST)

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Lang, T.; Wei, P.; Chen, X.; Fu, Y.; Tam, N.F.-Y.; Hu, Z.; Chen, Z.; Li, F.; Zhou, H. Microcosm Study on Allelopathic Effects of Leaf Litter Leachates and Purified Condensed Tannins from Kandelia obovata on Germination and Growth of Aegiceras corniculatum. Forests 2021, 12, 1000. Lang, T.; Wei, P.; Chen, X.; Fu, Y.; Tam, N.F.-Y.; Hu, Z.; Chen, Z.; Li, F.; Zhou, H. Microcosm Study on Allelopathic Effects of Leaf Litter Leachates and Purified Condensed Tannins from Kandelia obovata on Germination and Growth of Aegiceras corniculatum. Forests 2021, 12, 1000.

Journal reference: Forests 2021, 12, 1000
DOI: 10.3390/f12081000

Abstract

Kandelia obovata (Ko) and Aegiceras corniculatum (Ac) are common and dominant plant species in mangrove wetlands in South China, and distribute in the similar tidal zones along the coastline. The present study aimed to determine the allelopathic effects of leaf litter leachates (LLLs) from Ko and their purified condensed tannins (PCTs) on the germination and growth of Ac by mangrove microcosms. Replicate pots containing five different levels of LLLs and PCTs were separately prepared and propagules of Ac were placed in each treatment. Both LLLs and PCTs significantly inhibited the germination and growth of Ac, especially in high levels. The final germination rates of roots, stems, and the number of fine roots declined continuously while other growth indicators, including the lengths of fine roots, nutritive roots, the biomasses of roots, stems, leaves, increased firstly and then decreased with increasing levels. These results indicated that LLLs from the leaf litter of Ko, in particular, their PCTs exerted an inhibition effect on propagule germination and seedling growth of Ac, and the inhibitory effects were concentration dependent. This study suggested that condensed tannins from leaf litter, acting as allelochemicals, could regulate the natural regeneration of a mangrove forest.

Subject Areas

allelopathy; leaf litter; condensed tannins; mangrove forests; natural regeneration

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