life.jpgSTRUGGLE FOR LIFE. A year after a massive oil spill, mangroves in Guimaras province contnue vainly to remain alive notwithstanding clogged roots and pores. Literature on mangroves says stress may begin to occur within the first two weeks of oil spillage with the effects ranging from chlorosis (or yellowing of leaves), to defoliation to tree death. A tree may survive for a time only to succumb weeks or months later. But as it recovers, if it recovers, it will produce new leaf growth. INQUIRER/HAZEL P. VILLA


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