Spatial distribution of halophytes in the Mondego salt marsh and plant responses to environmental conditions

Paula Castro, Helena Freitas

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/v10090-011-0004-9

Abstract


We propose to analyze the spatial distribution of halophytes in the salt marsh of the Mondego estuary in order to understand how environmental conditions affect their distribution patterns. Furthermore we discuss the responses of these species to human activities in this ecosystem and the consequent increase in nutrient loading.

Keywords


Mondego estuary; salt marsh; halophytes; anthropogenic impacts

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