William Knibb students start working with US scientists to find deadly mangrove fungus

Students of William Knibb Memorial High will this week start working with scientists at North Carolina State University in the US. The project is part of the Jamaican Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) programme.

The aim of the project is to search local mangroves for signs of a fungus. This fungus has been killing mangroves in the Bahamas. Samples will be sent back to North Carolina.

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The (J.A.M.I.N.) programme is spearheaded by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation in partnership with the University of West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Lab

From: The Jamaica Observer

It marks the start of a new international citizen science programme between the parties, the foundation said.

“I’m proud that my students from William Knibb High School can participate in solving environmental problems in the mangrove forest that are of regional and global concern,” said Fulvia Nugent, a teacher at William Knibb.

J.A.M.I.N is a science education programme which teaches students the value of mangrove forests to Jamaica. It has been on offer at William Knibb High for the past three years, allowing students to venture into mangrove forests to learn about the plants and animals that live there, collect mangrove seedlings which they grow under test conditions throughout the school year, and then replant the young trees in selected restoration sites.

This year the students established a long-term monitoring site in the mangrove forest, the foundation reported.

“By monitoring the mangrove forest, students gained a deeper understanding of the scientific process and how to preserve mangroves,” said Amy Heemsoth, director of education for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. “[They] have grown in their understanding of mangroves and their enthusiasm to conserve them.”

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