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Glossary


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Mangroves

 

Salt tolerant evergreen forest ecosystem found mainly in tropical and sub-tropical coastal and/or inter-tidal regions.

 
Marine

 

Of the sea, or to do with the sea.

 
Mesophyll

 

The internal nonvascular tissue of a leaf. In green plants it is in these cells that most chloroplasts are found and in which most photosynthesis occurs.

 
Metabolism

 

The sum of all chemical reactions occurring within a cell or an organism.

 
Microbes

 

Microorganisms: any microscopic organism, including bacteria, viruses, unicellular algae and protozoans, and microscopic fungi such as yeasts.

 
Microfauna

 

The smallest arbitrary size categorization of animals in a community.

 
Mixed land use

 

Mixed land use refers to a combination of land uses such as a mixture of commercial, industrial, retail, entertainment and institutional uses.

 
Moderately dense forest

 

All lands with forest cover having a canopy density between 40-70%.

 
Morphology

 

The form and structure of an organism.

 
Mycorrhiza

 

A commonly mutualistic and intimate association between the roots of a plant and a fungus.