Geonoma Macrostachys is one of the palm seeds brought from Leticia, Amazonas, by the teacher of the Faculty of Sciences and Biotechnology María José Sanín Pérez. This palm is characterized by its variable morphology, therefore, the objective of bringing it and sowing it in the greenhouse of the CES University, is to know at what moment after germination its shape manifests itself.
Professor Sanín Pérez, together with other researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the CES University, want to answer questions such as: how long does it take to germinate, how is their growth process and what care they need.
"The most important thing is that we realize that there are people who believe that it would be very good to have native palms in their gardens, but from saying to fact there is a long way and we know very little about the horticulture of our native plants ," said the teacher of the CES University, emphasizing that we do not have the technological package, nor the adequate recommendations to know how to grow a native plant.
In addition to the palm seed, María José brought other species of plants that are growing in the institution's greenhouse and that are in danger of extinction, hence the idea of bringing, reproducing and conserving them.
"Once some germinate, we will follow up on the first stages of growth, then we will have to transfer them to pots, transfer them to a more open nursery, but the most important thing for us is to know something about their germination conditions and care in the first steps. development ” , concluded Maria José Sanín Pérez.