Moringa is an underutilized model for studying plant hydraulics. It grows so quickly that it is possible to have a respectable tree in less than a year, and even flowers at 6 months old. We are using moringa for various experiments on plant hydraulics (see subsequent posts), but for the moment we need space to grow the plants. We decided to clear the brush and rocks from an irregular patch, and fill it in with dirt to level it out. This required getting a backhoe in to do the heavy lifting, and in just a few hours, complete with careful maneuvering among the big moringas already in place, we had a large flat space ready for planting.
This project is made possible by grant RT200515 of the Programa de Apoyo a Proyectos de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Dr. Mark E. Olson is a researcher at Mexico's national university and an expert on the biology of the genus Moringa