State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011VI184B
Title: Evaluating Drought Tolerance of Virgin Islands Native Trees Suitable for Landscaping
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/ 1/2011
End Date: 2/29/2012
Congressional District: VI
Focus Categories: Drought, Conservation, Water Quantity
Keywords: native trees, ornamental plantings
Principal Investigators: Morgan, Michael (UVI); Zimmerman, Thomas W. ()
Federal Funds: $ 15,769
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 0
Abstract: This project will evaluate the drought tolerance of 4 native plants suitable for ornamental planting, across a gradient of rainfall typically found in the US Virgin Islands. Survival and growth rates will be measured. Other physiological parameters will be measured for use in future studies. An undergraduate student will be employed to help produce plants for the study, help with data collection and statistical analysis of the data. The results from this research will provide vital information about for operators of plant nurseries and landowners on the water requirements of native plants used for landscaping. It is hoped that the more wide spread use of native plants around buildings will conserve both water and biodiversity.

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