`SEAGRASSES are submerged marine flowering plants with true roots and stems. They grow in sediment on the sea floor with erect, elongate leaves and a buried root a buried root-like structure(rhizome). like structure (rhizome).
` The largest abundance of sea grasses occurs in the tropics. They are common
in lagoons and coral reefs as well as in in lagoons and coral reefs as well as in
the shallower waters of continental shelves.
#Sea grass grow:
A number of environmental parameters are critical
to whether sea grass will grow and persist. These
include physical parameters that regulate the physiological activity of sea grasses (temperature, salinity, waves, currents, depth, substrate and day
length), natural phenomena that limit the
photosynthetic activity of the plants (light,
nutrients, epiphytes and diseases), and
anthropogenic inputs that inhibit access to available
light for growth (nutrient and sediment loading).
Various combinations of these parameters will
permit, encourage or eliminate sea grass from a
specific location. specific location.
#Benefits of sea grass :
1. Sea grasses are the primary food source for
marine animals that eat algae and smaller
animals that inhabit sea grass ecosystems.
2. It is a major part of the aquatic food chain.
3. Protect marine animals from larger open
water predators water predators.
4. Keep water clear by catching fine sediments
in their leaves in their leaves.
5. Keep erosion to a minimum by stabilizing
the sea floor with their root systems.
#Ecological role of sea grass :
` Sediment stabilizer
` Primary producers
`Habitats and shelter
` Food sources Food sources
` Substrate of attachment