|Palm Seed Collection August 2007|
4 kilos of seed were collected between July 25 and August 6 from the following sites in the Bankouale Valley. The seed was collected by Gavin Conochie and Henry Ford and a team of locals organised by Nur from the Bankouale tourist camp. Most of the seed was collected from Aggorougouba, where collecting from the garden was easiest. Least was collected from Ribtaleh, where green vervet monkeys had eaten most of the seed - identified by the seeds being cracked in half and the husks left behind. Goats eat the seeds whole. The seed was falling at the time, and birds were constantly eating the fruits - a pigeon ate the seeds whole and squirted the remains containing dehusked seeds in a bright green mess, and a thrush sized bird ate the fruit, partially removing the outer layers and spitting the remains out.
The Millennium seed bank has reported excellent germination, and the results will be put here in due course