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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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Miracle Tree! - Eco products

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

Baobab Fruit Monitoring - Eco products

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.

How do I measure the height of a baobab?

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

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 …

How fat are baobab trees? - Eco products

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 …

palo borracho relation to baobab tree

World Water Day: when in drought, consult a baobab tree! - Eco products

Across Africa baobabs are known by many different names and we know that the fruit have been used for thousands of years. However, the first detailed botanical descriptions were made by Prospero Alpini, a 16th Century physician and botanist living in Venice who spent three years in Cairo. He first saw the fruit being sold in …

Prospero Alpini: baobab

The latin name, Adansonia digitata, was given to the baobab by Carl Linneaus.  He named the baobab after the a French naturalist Michel Adanson.  Adanson was posted to Senegal in 1749 to research the natural resources of the area. He was blown away by his first sight of a baobab describing it as "a forest …

What's in a name: Adansonia digitata - Eco products