Issue 2 - Fall 2016
  An opuntia achios seedling   in the Charles Darwin Foundation nursery

An opuntia achios seedling in the Charles Darwin Foundation nursery

  A full grown Opuntia echios, known as the   Galápagos prickly pear

A full grown Opuntia echios, known as the Galápagos prickly pear

Earlier this year we planted 5 different indigenous tree species with the Charles Darwin Foundation on Baltra and Santa Cruz island in the stunning Galapagos Archipelago. In August we sent Harrie, our Head Scientist, back to monitor our trees. He was on a plane before we could say “back to the island”. We think the team’s stories of giant turtles, lizards and stunning vistas might have had something to do with that...

The seedlings planted in January with the Cocoon show survival rates of around 60% in the first 6 months, with the exceptionally warm and dry season causing unforeseen technical challenges and lower survival rates than we are used to. We are working with the CDF to learn from these results and adjust our materials and approach for future plantings in this beautiful but harsh environment. 


 

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