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Avoiding Cutting Down Palm Trees For its Fruits in Amazonia Can Reduce Economic and Environmental Damage

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Researchers at the University of Leeds and the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute ( Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia; IIAP ) have found that cutting down the palm tree Mauritia flexuosa for its fruits had caused ecological and economical disturbances in Peru. Image credits: Pexels The scientists have prepared a detailed study to show why and where the palm trees fell down and the extent of the economic and environmental damage caused by it. “Cutting down female palm trees to harvest the fruit has halved the total production of the fruit of this palm that is available to local communities," said Gabriel Hidalgo , a postgraduate student at Leeds’ School of Geography and lead author of the study. “This is a clear example of the impact of humans on natural resource levels, in an ecosystem that, on first look, appears undamaged. However, changing the way the fruit is harvested can increase both the number of fruit-bearing palm trees and the value of these Amazonian peatlan

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