Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trees as natural chemical factories

Informative article in the NY Times today about biochemist, botanist and author of Arboretum America, Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

From the article:
"She favors what she terms a bioplan, reforesting cities and rural areas with trees according to the medicinal, environmental, nutritional, pesticidal and herbicidal properties she claims for them, which she calls ecofunctions.
Wafer ash, for example, could be used in organic farming, she said, planted in hedgerows to attract butterflies away from crops. Black walnut and honey locusts could be planted along roads to absorb pollutants, she said."

Read it here

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