The Effect of Banana Plantations on the Environment

This topic submitted by Gerald Sebald ( sebaldgc@miamioh.edu) at 5:15 PM on 4/11/07.

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Introduction
Short History on Banana Plantations

I. Deforestation
A. How Much
B. Effects of
C. Land shaping for drainage
E. Erosion

II.Pesticides
A. Groundwater leaching
B. Effects on soil quality

III. Effect on animals
A. habitat loss
B. Biodiversity within plantations

IV. Effects on Soil
A. Nutrient depletion
B. Burrowing Nematodes

V. Pollution
A. Markers for canals
B. Increased sedimentation in Coral Reefs

Conclusion

References:
http://www.american.edu/ted/costpest.htm

http://www.magney.org/photofiles/CostaRica-Bananas1.htm

http://www.paraquat.com/ParaquatUseAroundtheWorld/MaintainingBiodiversityintheBananaPlantations/tabid/187/Default.aspx

http://members.aol.com/MJ232345/defcr.html

http://agron.scijournals.org/cgi/content/full/96/2/323

http://jrscience.wcp.miamioh.edu/fieldcourses04/PapersCostaRicaArticles/GoingBananas.thebananaind.html


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