Anthropogenic Influences on Wild Nutmeg Fruit Crop in the Western Ghats of India

Sharma, M.V., Collins, C.M. and Leather, S.R. (2012) Anthropogenic Influences on Wild Nutmeg Fruit Crop in the Western Ghats of India. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 31 (6). pp. 563-575.

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Abstract

Myristica dactyloides is characteristic of the mid- and high-elevation evergreen forests of the Western Ghats of India. Aril and seeds of the species are valuable nontimber forest products and are harvested extensively. We made visual estimates of fruit crop size in nine populations. We assessed disturbance using five variables: distance from road, method of harvesting fruits, nonforest matrix around the population, seedling regeneration, and protected area status. Unsustainable harvest and proximity to road impacted fruit crop, as did the nonforest matrix (F = 38.17 df = 5,102, p < .001). While high protection and measures against harvesting keep some populations safe, the harvest method plays a crucial role in determining total fruit production and seedling recruitment in the species.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Darren Roberts
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 12:41
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 11:53
URI: http://hau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16964

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