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Title: Gums, badgers, and economics
Authors: Van Wilgen, BW
Keywords: Invasive plants
Honey production
Economic impact
Honey badgers
Gums trees
Honey bees
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Academy of Science of South Africa
Citation: Van Wilgen, BW. 2007. Gums, badgers, and economics. Quest, vol. 3(4), pp 41
Abstract: Gums trees (in the genus Eucalyptus, from Australia) are not set to ‘disappear’ (even if some people wanted them to). Gums form an important component of the forest industry and, at last count, they covered over 540 000 ha in formal plantations in South Africa. They are also found in many other plantations not captured by the forest industry’s statistics, as well as in thousands of woodlots and other plantings across the country. The impacts of invasive alien plants on ‘nature’ are well documented. Suffice it to say that they are the second most powerful threat to native biodiversity after direct habitat destruction. However, the effect of removing gum trees – on honey production and on the South African economy – is also a complex one. Honey production is a minor part of the story. The true value of managed honey bees lies in their use as pollinators of deciduous fruit orchards (mainly apples and pears). The deciduous fruit industry, centred in the Western Cape, is valued at around R3 billion annually
Description: Copyright: 2007 Academy of Science of South Africa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3770
ISSN: 1729-830X
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