Projects

We do projects related to agroforestry and raising awareness on why agroforestry is important. These are our currently planned projects. If you have an idea for more and/or other research, or wish to visit us to do your own research, contact us.

We plan to make a timelapse video of the first plot of degraded land as the forest grows. Ten years in an hour. For local peoples things like bird houses, vertical herb gardens, raised beds, and insect hotels, all made of what consumption society calls waste. And to spread the word, calendars, posters, postcards, … The creatives.

The gigantic “iceberg of life” in the soil, made up of millions of living beings, is essentially microscopic. The soil is 95% mineral, and it is teeming with countless highly specialized miniature workers who recycle organic matter and release key chemical elements for plants as well as for the atmosphere. That is, if the soil is healthy, it houses what people call parasites (a short-sighted label). Soil health indicators are the density of earthworms, the density of phytoparasitic nematodes, and the number of collembolan taxa. We intend to set up a mini-lab for soil research.

Many countries around the world have documented a great decline in the number of bee populations including China, Brazil, North America, and Europe. The reasons of such troubling decline is not definitively known but pesticides (like Imidacloprid), herbicides (like Glyphosate), poor nutrition, viruses, parasite Varroa mite, and stress are often mentioned as the likely causes. And its not just the bees, other insects are also reported to be vanishing.

In Germany, in the bark of trees, DDT, Metolachlor, Boscalid, Clomazone, Terbuthylazine, Chlorfenson, Flufenacet, Metazachlor, Lindane, Metalaxyl, Pendimethaline and Prosulfocarb has been found, the latter two in alarming concentrations.

Canaries in coal mines. High time to also test bark in Bretagne.

Our understanding of plant relationships has been transformed by the use of molecular data to reconstruct phylogenies and plant evolution, and I thought it would be fun being able to associate those new insights when I am working or just strolling around in gardens in Brittany. Hence the Viridiplantae project.

And, just because some aspect of an organism is dignified by a sesquipedalian term, this by no means signifies that it refers to an interesting part of “reality”. As Hesse noted in 2009, Nature itself neither needs categories nor has any knowledge of them, and, categories are artificial and always delimited by an individual or collective convention. Humans make and define botanical terms, and we use them to facilitate communication, although all too often we take them to be “real”, and they come to be as much an impediment to our understanding as anything else.