Friday, March 9, 2012

Casuarina - Species variation in wind hardiness.

Some snippets from IFGTB 'Tree Growers Mela -2012:
Part - 3
The total destruction of Casuarina plantations in Cuddalur, Pondicherry areas by cyclone 'Thane' has left many farmers to wonder whether any University or Research institute will come up with a Casuarina variety that could withstand this kind of violent on-slaught.

A Casuarina plantation before "Cyclone Thane":

After "Cyclone Thane":

Dr.Nicodemus of IFGTB, an eminent scientist has an answer to this problem. At the 'Thane' affected fields he noticed a particular Casuarina junghuhniana variety supplied by the IFGTB withstood the cyclone effectively. This variety because of its remarkable wind hardiness is selected by him for future development and multiplication.
The clones in the left half of the picture below exhibits
the character of better wind hardiness:

The selected variety stands tall even after the 'Thane' aftermath:

Those interested to purchase this variety can contact Dr.Nicodemus at IFGTB, Coimbatore.

A.Vishnu Sankar

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