VARIETIES Article Count: 12
Your preference for our oil palm planting materials motivates us to innovate continuously, so that we can offer you new and more productive varieties that guarantee the profitability of your business. This page aims to guide you in choosing the most appropriate variety for the environmental conditions in your region, particularly with regard to rainfall, temperature and solar radiation.
CLONES Article Count: 6
ASD focuses on the production of individual palm clones derived from the successive backcrossing of an E. oleifera x E. guineensis natural hybrid with E. guineensis; these have shorter trunks and leaves than the common varieties. This allows the planting of the clones at higher density (160 - 180 palms/ha), which means an increase in production of at least 12% due to the higher density, independent of the productivity of the individual palms, which can vary depending on the environment and the management they receive. Likewise, the lower growth of the clones allows a substantial reduction in harvesting costs and a considerable extension of the useful life of the commercial plantation.
TRAINING Article Count: 1
ASD Costa Rica is involved in several activities related to the cultivation of oil palm, among which stand out the production and commercialization of seed varieties and clones, research, advising on nurseries and young plantations, and other activities such as training of personnel of other companies and organizations involved in this industry. The most important activity has been the course for agronomists and professionals with related careers, which can be taught in Costa Rica or abroad.
PHEROMONES Article Count: 1
The American palm weevil, Rhynchophorus palmarum, is the main vector of red ring disease that occurs in several species of palm trees due to the nematode Bursaphelenchus cocophilus. This disease can cause significant losses in coconut and oil palm plantations in the American tropics. M. hemipterus has been associated with red ring disease in Colombia, but its real role is unclear.