Seeds, Nurseries and Planting

Patterns of Seed Longevity and Germination in the Tropical Rainforest

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This article reviews the factors that affect seed longevity and germination in tropical trees by providing an introduction to literature on the subject.

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The Horseradish Tree, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae)— A boon to Arid Lands?

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The horseradish tree (Moringa pterygosperma) is being introduced into drought-ridden lands t o augment the local food and fodder supply.This study evaluates the reforestation potential of Moringa in India and Africa. 

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Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae): ethnobotanical studies in Guatemala

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This article reviews an ethnobotanical survey and a prelimary agronomic study in order to understand the popular uses and viability of Moringa oleifera, a widely-used and well-known plant in Guatemala. 

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Development of Soilless Culture Methods for Production of Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) Root and Leaf Biomass

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Moringa is a valuable tropical agroforestry species with a fruit rich in nutrients. This study tested soilless (hydroponic) Moringa cultivation methods given that past research on tissue culture (vegetative reproduction) has shown difficulty in transfer to soil.

Research Goals & Methods

In this study, dehulled seeds had a high germination rate (65%), whereas hulled seeds had low germination.

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Propagación in vitro de material seleccionado de Tabebuia rosea y Cordia alliodora (In vitro propagation of selected material from Tabebuia rosea and Cordia alliodora)

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La aplicación de la micropropagación y otras técnicas biotecnológicas a las especies forestales maderables ha representado un enfoque útil para aumentar el número de plantas necesarias para el establecimiento de plantaciones de restauración. En Colombia se está investigando la integración de esta tecnología para la siembra de importantes especies maderables nativas como Tabebuia rosea y Cordia alliodora.

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Apuntes sobre algunas especies forestales nativas de la sierra Peruana (Notes about several forest native species from the highlands of Peru)

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Desde 1860, la reforestación en la Sierra Peruana se realizó principalmente con Eucalipto, cambiando a Pinus radiata durante las décadas de 1950-1970. La necesidad de reforestar tierras mas elevadas, despertó el interés por la propagación y uso de especies forestales nativas las cuales se encuentran mejor adaptadas a estas condiciones y presentan diversos usos y beneficios.

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Seed Dispersal and Potential Forest Succession in Abandoned Agriculture in Tropical Africa

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Forest succession on disturbed and post-agrarian lands is often slow because the resources necessary for succession – such as soil nutrients, seeds, and moisture – are depleted. In such areas, succession may depend on bat- and bird-dispersed seeds arriving from distant forest patches.

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Seeing the fruit for the trees in Borneo

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Lowland dipterocarp tropical rainforests reproduce during infrequent community-wide events known as ‘general flowering.’ These unpredictable cycles, thought to be influenced by El Niño cycles, are the primary reproductive driver across this forest type. During a time of rapid deforestation across the highly diverse, but highly sensitive, dipterocarp-dominated landscape of Borneo, capitalizing on general flowering is critical for seed collection for restoration efforts and for species preservation.

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Environmental Drivers in Mangrove Establishment and Early Development: A review

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This study reviews literature on the environmental conditions that influence the establishment and early growth of mangroves.

Research Goals & Methods

Different species grow in areas with different flooding regimes. The authors used the classification of "inundation by all high tides, inundation by medium high tides, inundation by normal high tides, inundation by spring tides, and occasional inundation by exceptional or equinoctial tides."

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Young Restored Forests Increase Seedling Recruitment in Abandoned Pastures in the Southern Atlantic Rainforest

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This study examines whether the practice of planting seedlings in abandoned pastures improves restoration outcomes in the Atlantic forest of Brazil.

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The authors compare seedling populations in old growth forest, young restored forest, and abandoned pastures.

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