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Eucalypt in Ethiopian highlands : Increasing productivity of important tree

ScienceDaily (February 10, 2014)

Eucalypt in Ethiopian highlands : Increasing productivity of important tree

ScienceDaily (February 10, 2014)

Researchers are collaborating in a eucalypts breeding program in the Ethiopian highlands which will increase this species productivity

Eucalypt plantations in the Ethiopian highlands. Credit : Paula Guzmán

The great demand for forest products to use for agriculture by the population of the Ethiopian highlands has resulted in the deforestation of a region with the lowest human development rate in the world. The eucalypt is the species with the highest demand among Ethiopian farmers and has an important environmental and socioeconomic key role in the highlands area. The consumption of eucalypt is been boosted because of its compatibility with the grazing system and its high yields even in marginal agricultural soils of abandoned lands. However, farmers are lacking of start materials and the current techniques make production difficult.

Within the improvement program, the researchers established an experimental test with eucalypt plants from Ethiopia and Spain in order to compare their potential productivity in local conditions

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The above story is based on materials provided by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

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