Rambutan and the rise in temperature

Why should we care about this tropical fruit? Will there be any consequences if this fruit disappears?
 

Rambutan: A fruit that may disappear

rambutan

 

Effects of a rising temperature

If temperatures continue to rise, rambutan may cease to grow. Rambutan is grown in tropical climates of 72° F to 86° F. However, this fruit is very sensitive to temperatures below 50° F. If global temperatures were to either increase or decrease in the upcoming century, rambutan may negatively be affected and will not meet the conditions to grow.

Another important thing to note is that rambutan trees in the wet zone require “3-4 weeks of dry spell during February for flower development and primordial initiation” Climatenet. However, due to the changing climate patterns, occurances of rain during February have deprived the development process of rambutan which causes the loss of flowering in late March.

 

Why We Should Care

Not only is rambutan a delicious fruit to consume; it is a pivotal fruit of tropical Asian countries where it is grown and harvested for commercial distribution. If it were to disappear, people would lose a way of life in cultivating and selling this fruit. Fortunately, there is still time to react and take preemptive measures that will ensure the continual survival of rambutan. Global climate change is a necessary topic which must be addressed and altered if we are to preserve the rambutan fruit.

 

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2 comments on “Rambutan and the rise in temperature

  1. kchou407 says:

    This is a really a well-written and organized post. I love this fruit whenever I can get it! I had no idea that this fruit was in danger because of the drastic climate change that we are facing. I always just knew the fruit’s Chinese name, 紅毛丹. I believe it is very important to conserve the diversity that we have on this Earth including the food that we eat and to support farmers especially, who are facing with these drastic climate changes. Thank you for sharing this information, showing one of the many possible consequences that can come from our carbon footprint.

  2. Vu Hophan says:

    Thank you for the compliment and taking the time to read it haha. Yeah i love rambutan too, it’s so delicious. On another note, I totally agree with you that we must really lower our ecological footprint on this earth if we are to ensure the survival of rambutan and many other fruits and plants.

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