Utilization of the tropical almond tree leaves in aquaculture
Tropical almond tree (Terminalia catappa), also known in the Philippines as “talisay” is a large tropical tree in the Combretaceae (leadwood tree) family that grows mainly in tropical areas of Asia. The tree grows from 10 m to 25 m high and has horizontal whorls of branches with shiny and ovate leaves, 10-25 cm long, and tapering below to a narrow and heart-shaped base with expanded rounded apex. “Talisay” fruit is smooth and ellipsoid, 3-6 cm long, and prominently bi-ridged or keeled down to the sides, with fibrous and fleshy pericarp and hard endocarp. Studies have indicated that the leaves of “talisay” are rich in tannins and a host of organic compounds that help in conditioning the culture water resulting in improved survival, growth, and health of cultured aquatic species.
Dianala, R. D. B. (2019). Utilization of the tropical almond tree leaves in aquaculture.
Fish for the People, 17(3), 41-43. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12066/5794
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