This article in SA caught my eye, and seems appropo to the multiple AGW threads/discussions.
There's more at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...t-regenerationThere are macaques everywhere—climbing on the rocks, grooming one another as they sit on the forest floor. Others have babies on their backs as they trot along at a fair clip. The air is thick with humidity and it must be 35 degrees Celsius or more—the heavy gray clouds above look ready to crack into a noisy tropical thunderstorm at any moment. I'm making my way along a dense rainforest path with the noisy thrum of insects all around me.I could be almost anywhere in the tropics, but here at Kepong, 16 kilometers north of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the land holds something very special. For what seems to the untrained eye to be dense primary rainforest is in fact an area that was denuded as recently as the 1920s. Scrubby vegetation, made up of grasses, ferns and fast-growing pioneer bushes and trees, was all that remained after the forest had been stripped to allow tin mining and vegetable cultivation.
But in 1926 pioneering forestry scientists in the pay of the British colonial government started a grand experiment to reseed, and it's now the only place in the world where there is a very large tract of artificially seeded rainforest—one which has slowly been regenerating for nearly 90 years.
Several points were of interest, among them 1) which countries were actively pursuing this research 2) which countries were not - but should be.
An aside - with the push towards GMO crops, and loss of biodiversity, it appears to me we're painting ourselves into a genetically restricted corner. There are those intent on cataloguing and preserving seeds/varieties, but all indications are it's not ag-industry that's doing so. Interesting - you'd think they'd (Monsanto, ConAgra etc.) be the most interest in 'owning' that stock/info/genetics.