DENR-8 activates cloning of indigenous trees
TACLOBAN CITY- “We started at the initial phase with experimenting. Later on, the management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recognized our efforts in cloning indigenous trees so they gave us funds for establishing clonal facilities,” thus said Carlito Buante, officer- in- charge, DENR-8 Ecosystems Research and Development Division.
Buante disclosed that the DENR-8 is strengthening its advocacy for reforestation and enrichment planting in protected areas. This is intensified with the mobilization of cloning as the modernized technique in producing quality planting materials.
He said cloning generates multiplication of seedlings enabling a year-round supply of varieties of seedlings including those seasonal ones which are made timely available by cloning.
According to him, the process of cloning indigenous trees in the region is more on the macro somatic aspect wherein stem cutting is used.
Varieties of trees undergo cloning like Yakal which takes perfect cloning.
Cloning provides quality planting materials to the community for conducting planting and reforestation to sites identified for the program.
“With cloning, we do not have to go to far places anymore to get for planting materials. We can immediately be provided with quality seedlings to be distributed to the community,” Buante said. (MONALIZA M. SABIO-LNU Intern)
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