If you have been wondering about coconut DNA on this science Sunday you are in luck. Read the following article from ScienceDaily.com.
Coconut palms and Ficus are my two favorite trees. Aside from that, I am a big fan of coir (aka coco peat) as a peat moss substitute and wonder if we will ever have a significant source of supply here in the Western hemisphere.
Currently India (white coir) and Sri Lanka (brown coir) produce 90% of the world supply of coir fiber. Most of the coco peat used in horticulture comes from Sri Lanka, which is a long trip to reach American portable micro gardens.
ScienceDaily (June 24, 2011) — The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What's more, until it is needed for some other purpose it serves as a handy flotation device.