09-28-2013 06:25 PM
farming new tropical tree species
If you were interested in commercial farming of a new tropical tree species outside of its origin country what would you do?
Assumptions: (for theoritical purposes)
1: The species has never been farmed and no scientific documentation on its likes and or dislikes exists.
2: Fully legal export and import from both the origin & destination countries are permitting.
3: You have access to the jungles where this species grows in abundance.
I’m specifically interested to hear what types of testing (soil, water, etc) you would focus on at the natural origin of the trees, and what types of testing you would do while locating suitable donor land to farm the trees on in another country.
Any suggestions you can provide are greatly appreciated.