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Forests 2015, 6(12), 4607-4616; doi:10.3390/f6124389

SE Asian Palms for Agroforestry and Home Gardens

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Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 116, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK
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Academic Editors: Bradley B. Walters and Eric J. Jokela
Received: 28 September 2015 / Revised: 4 November 2015 / Accepted: 9 December 2015 / Published: 17 December 2015
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Abstract

Throughout SE Asia, palms are important in agroforestry systems and homegardens. Most species are used for multiple purposes based on both physical and nutritional properties of the palms. Except for a few commodities of worldwide importance such as palm oil and coconut, many palm products either do not figure in trade statistics, or they are merged with other products in a way, which makes it difficult to assess their importance. Here we focus on these products that are not prominent in national trade statistics and we review their sustainability and economic importance in SE Asia. We rank the most important palms according to their versatility, which is an extremely important property, especially for smallholders who practice subsistence agriculture. We conclude by listing a number of recommendations for future research directions based on experiences from the recently completed EU 7th Framework project (EU-PALMS 2009-2013). View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-purpose use; minor palm products; palm versatility multi-purpose use; minor palm products; palm versatility
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Barfod, A.S.; Balhara, M.; Dransfield, J.; Balslev, H. SE Asian Palms for Agroforestry and Home Gardens. Forests 2015, 6, 4607-4616.

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