Ongoing Research

Native Plant Protection and Nursing

We are constantly on the lookout to increase coverage areas of native plants and trees. We use test plots to assess the level of resistance to invasive species before planting native varieties in larger plots. We also explore new techniques of planting that allow us to plant in larger patches. The Rhododendron arboretum tree is one example of a native species for which we are trying to find the right soil mixtures. They require natural micro-organism associations so that seeds can germinate profusely. This is similar to Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (a fruiting shrub). Our goals with these efforts are to increase the numbers of native species and improve biodiversity in any given land.
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