Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Home Environment Study: Coffee Waste Will Help Forests Recover

Study: Coffee Waste Will Help Forests Recover

For the study, the researchers analyzed soil samples for nutrients immediately prior to the application of the coffee pulp and again two years later

Coffee pulp, a waste product of coffee production, could be used to speed up tropical forest recovery on post-agricultural land, suggests a new study.

In the study published in the journal ‘Ecological Solutions and Evidence’, the team spread 30 dump truck loads of coffee pulp on a 35-40m area of degraded land and marked out a similar-sized area without coffee pulp as a control.

“The results were dramatic”, said lead researcher Rebecca Cole from the University of Hawai’i in the US.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.

“The area treated with a thick layer of coffee pulp turned into a small forest in only two years while the control plot remained dominated by non-native pasture grasses,” Cole added.

Coffee
As compared to the control, nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus were significantly higher in the coffee pulp treated area. Pixabay

After only two years, the coffee pulp treated area had 80 percent canopy cover compared to 20 percent in the control area. The canopy in the coffee pulp area was also four times taller than that of the control area.

The addition of the half-meter thick layer of coffee pulp eliminated the invasive pasture grasses which dominated the land.

These grasses are often a barrier to forest succession and their removal allowed native and pioneer tree species, that arrived as seeds through wind and animal dispersal, to recolonize the area quickly.

The researchers also found that after two years, nutrients, including carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous, were significantly elevated in the coffee pulp treated area compared to the control.

ALSO READ: Discover How 284 Female Officers In The Indian Forest Service Gaining Momentum

For the study, the researchers analyzed soil samples for nutrients immediately prior to the application of the coffee pulp and again two years later.

They also recorded the species present, the size of woody stems, percentage of forest ground cover and used drones to record canopy cover. (IANS/KB)

STAY CONNECTED

19,507FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Spiritual Power To Guard: Devotees Of Lord Ram Spread Message Of Covid19 Norms

In the wake of Bengaluru witnessing an unprecedented surge in Covid cases since the last month, devotees of Lord Ram wore costumes of Ram,...

Know What Lies Behind Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan’s Challenge To The State?

Pakistan's government has been put under a severe challenge and test by an Islamist party, which has wreaked havoc in the country this week...

Religious Hardliners Bring Pakistan Govt To A Standstill

The current ruling government of Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, may have come with a vision of progress and open-mindedness to create...

Football And Its Evolution

By- Khushi Bisht Football, also known as soccer, has a long and illustrious history. According to a global study conducted by FIFA, over 250 million...

Nikola Tesla: A Man Ahead Of His Time

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY When discussing the greatest inventors of all time, Nikola Tesla is sometimes overlooked in history lessons at school. We often hear names...

The Best Documentaries You Can Watch On The Internet Today

By Nauman Abrar As children, most of us disliked documentaries because they were long, boring, very close to reality, and based on the truth. That...

7 Cool Wedding Trends For 2021

By Rajesh We have to admit that 2020 changed weddings as we knew them and the way we celebrated them. The pandemic brought about these...

India To Be Transformed By Next Decade Due To Cloud, AI And Data

Although there is an acceleration in tech adoption and innovation across sectors in India, the key challenge now is to scale new-age technologies like...

Recent Comments