10071 - Conservation in the tropics and Prosopis: The...

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Conservation in the tropics and Prosopis: The allpurpose tree
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Save the planet! OUR PLANET seems to be drying out, and water wars not so far off. The primary selection factor may become humidity. The planetary extremes have always been ice and sand, and resistance to desiccation is likely to soon involve the genetics of crop plants. Although the fight for food is perhaps more obvious than the one for water, both exhibit the Mathusian notion that geometrically increasing demand exceeds arithmetically increasing supply. Thus, overpopulation is accelerating.
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Sensitive actions like deforestation are rapid and highly evident now, because of human overpopulation. The Brazilian disaster was forest fire for the benefit of the cattle industry. Almost everybody knows these things and does little about them, because they are not empowered to act positively. But also, the public likely does not understand the fragility of the ecology involved and even contributes to green groups embezzling money.
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Education and public health and add development may well be poorly financed just because they are not given priority. This is true of research and also conservation. As we do not have the direct power to make changes, we shall suggest tropical legumes mainly for abandoned lands. Peter Felker of Texas demonstrated the applicability of mesquites to the lands they are found on.
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How does Prosopis (mesquite) fit into rural development? The use of trees as windbreakers in arid lands is sufficient reason for promoting them. Mesquites sometimes grow where nothing else except cactuses can. However, the days when they formed productive hardwood forests are over. By desertification kindled by man, the days of trees over 100 years old are over, mostly.
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The range for growth is governed by the relative humidity and
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course PHARM 290 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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10071 - Conservation in the tropics and Prosopis: The...

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