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Assessing the use of wild seedlings for agroforestry

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Seedlings of Inga edulis being transplanted. In order to evaluate the potential of the natural seedling bank in the forest for establishing agroforest we transplanted 345 seedlings into our seedling nurseries at the same time as we sowed the seeds

Inga seeds have no dormant stage and germinate directly . In addition the trees ¬†fruit for a short period of time, maybe only a couple of weeks and the fruit are very popular with monkeys and parrots. This means that it is not always possible to find seed for sowing unless you are living close to appropriate seed trees and get to them before the monkeys or parrots. It is, however, often easy to find large numbers of young seedlings growing under the parent trees as parrots and monkeys have to shell the pods to extract the sweet covering on each seed and so tend not to stray too far. We therefore decided to evaluate the potential of these ‘wild’ seedlings for establishing agroforest. Continue reading Assessing the use of wild seedlings for agroforestry

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