Chronic Harvesting Threatens Tropical Tree
According a recent study, which appears in the Journal of Ecology, there is a mathematical method of estimating plant age from its size, to analyze how harvesting affects a plant’s life expectancy and to determine the plant’s life history, such as age maturity.
A West African tree, Khaya senegalensis, commonly known as African mahogany, is considered a valuable species due to drought and logging. This tree is heavily reaped for its bark, which produces medical treatments for aliments such as stomachaches and fever reduction and leaves, to feed livestock.
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