Sowing the seeds of reforestation
The Straits Time reported that in the first conducted study of dipterocarp fruit production in Singapore, researchers from NUS have found that one-third of the seeds produced by four species of dipterocarp trees in Singapore’s nature reserves did not germinate. This has led to fragmented forests, and the NUS research suggests that it could be because of this that many of the dipterocarp seeds are not actually viable. The research was featured together with other dipterocarp studies last month in a special issue in science journal Plant Ecology And Diversity.
Source : The Straits Times (Friday, 7 April 2017)