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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 131–143 | Cite as

Mobilising environmental information about lesser-known plants: the value of two neglected levels of description

  • C. Hackett
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Abstract

Difficulties exist at present in predicting the performance of many lesser-known plants because of the high cost of elucidating their environmental relationships using conventional experimental methods. It is pointed out that prior to the emergence of modern plant science, mankind must have been using coarser methods very similar to those observable in human communities today. Because these instinctive human methods appear to be very effective, a fresh look at them could lead to alternative ways of defining the environmental relationships of lesser-known plants. These methods could be much cheaper and quicker than conventional methods and could make use of a large pool of knowledge about plants which is held in human communities. The most appropriate medium for interaction with the public in this way appears to be shareware software, and a package called PLANTGRO which could aid such developments is foreshadowed.

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plant databases plant/environment relationships growth models computing shareware software 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Hackett
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Tropical Crops and PasturesCSIROSt LuciaAustralia

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