Baobab Tree Research & Conservation

Dr Sarah Venter, the owner of EcoProducts, conducts research and tree monitoring as well as training venda women on how to take care of seedlings so that once strong and big enough, they can be planted out in the wild. Seedlings in the wild have little change of surviving in populated areas where goats and other animals eat the tasty little seedlings before they have time to develop.
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There are 8 different species of Baobab trees 6 of which are native to Madagascar, one in Africa and one in Australia. There’s a lot of controversy about where the Baobab tree originated  as it’s often been assumed that Madagascar is the centre of origin because it has the most different species. This implies that …

There are 8 different species of Baobab trees 6 of which are native to Madagascar, one in Africa and one in Australia. There’s a lot of controversy about where the Baobab tree originated as it’s often been assumed that Madagascar is the centre of origin because it has the most different species. This implies that …

Baobab trees are a miracle of resilience

Baobab trees are a miracle of resilience

http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/baobab-trees-2/mysterious-life-baobab-flowers

http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/baobab-trees-2/mysterious-life-baobab-flowers

For the last 10 years, every February or March, I go out on a research field trip to do some baobab fruit monitoring.

For the last 10 years, every February or March, I go out on a research field trip to do some baobab fruit monitoring.

I am often asked how to measure the height of a baobab. I use a clever little device called a clinometer. Read more to find out how I do it.

I am often asked how to measure the height of a baobab. I use a clever little device called a clinometer. Read more to find out how I do it.

I have been monitoring baobab tree fruit production in Venda for 7 years. Read more How many fruit to baobab trees produce?

I have been monitoring baobab tree fruit production in Venda for 7 years. Read more How many fruit to baobab trees produce?

This week I did my annual trip to Skelmwater.  This is a baobab research plot situated near Musina long the N1.  Skelmwater was established in 1930 by the late Professor de Villiers of Stellenbosch University.  The aim was to measure the rate of growth of baobabs in their natural environment.   Despite the small number of …

This week I did my annual trip to Skelmwater. This is a baobab research plot situated near Musina long the N1. Skelmwater was established in 1930 by the late Professor de Villiers of Stellenbosch University. The aim was to measure the rate of growth of baobabs in their natural environment. Despite the small number of …

When I was visiting friends in Cordoba, Argentina recently I came across this tree that looked so much like a baobab that I thought it must be some relation.  When I looked it up, I found it was indeed part of the same family as the Baobab Malvaceae. Its scientific name is Ceiba speciosa commonly …

When I was visiting friends in Cordoba, Argentina recently I came across this tree that looked so much like a baobab that I thought it must be some relation. When I looked it up, I found it was indeed part of the same family as the Baobab Malvaceae. Its scientific name is Ceiba speciosa commonly …

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