Research into the interlinks between biodiversity patterns, processes, threats, conservation and human welfare

Tools, methods and codes developed by the Mora lab

The Carbon Neutrality Challenge
The Carbon Neutrality Challenge by Asryelle Mora & Camilo Mora Check what it will take for you to become carbon neutral, and do your part for the planet. Check the story here

The Breathing Pot
The Breathing Pot by Camilo Mora Healthy seedlings are key to the success of large-scale restoration. "Healthy" characteristics include seedlings with no root bounding, tall enough to escape above-ground competition with weeds, deep roots to gain fast access to low water tables and avoid below-ground weed root competition, while grown in a pot system that reduces planting shock. While many types of pots are commercially available, commonly they do not satisfy all the criteria above, and if close, they are commonly too expensive. Here we describe several attempts to develop a pot that fits all the criteria above while being almost free. Check the story here

Seedling tray by Camilo Mora Tray to improve the quality of life of seedlings at the nursery. This tray has developed for the purpose of optimizing the mass production of seedlings using breathing pots at the nursery.
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Rainwater catchment by Camilo Mora A key problem for large scale restoration of forest with native trees is water availability and its deployment. Without water tree mortality can be high, and if you have water available, a key problem is the economic expense of deploying it.

RainCatcher is a device developed to be easily deploy by a given tree to collect rainwater when it falls and to deploy it frequently to the tree. The ultimate goal is for the tree to never lack water and for the gadget to be affordable and re-usable to reduce costs. Check the story here

Koa threshing machine by Camilo Mora Koa (Acacia koa) is a tree species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It is a prime species for forest restoration: it grows fast, is easy to propagate and it is economically very valuable. A square board foot can be worth as much as $150!. A single tree produces thousands of seeds in groups of about 12 or so, which are contained within pods. For the purpose of large scale restoration, the need for a large supply of seeds make the collection of seeds a very tedious work, as seeds are usually taken from their pods by hand. This machine has been developed for the purpose of threshing thousands of koa seeds in a few minutes
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EZW10 Easy Watering 10
Autonomous tree irrigation by Camilo Mora One of the primary sources of tree mortality is lack of water. Even in places where there is water available, irrigation could be a time demanding and expensive endeavor. EZW10 is an electronic irrigation systems that allows to customize irrigation programs for individual trees. The device is based on the movement of magnets requiring very low amounts of electricity and thus allowing for the device to operate for up to two years with two AA batteries.
Patent application #US20180220602A1
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RainWater catchment calculator
Rainwater catchment calculator by Camilo Mora A key solution for tree irrigation is to store water when it rains to use it when it does not. However, for this solution to work you will need to collect more water than you will use; in the opposite your water catchment will go dry. Here we present a rainwater catchment calculator that uses daily rain data for any given location, the area of your catchment and your water demands to determine if your catchment will go dry. You can use the app to adjust parameters of your catchment to ensure you will never run out of water at your specific site. Check the story here

Tree CO2 sequestration calculator
Tree CO2 storage by Camilo Mora Trough photosynthesis, trees break some of the “nasty” CO2 we produce into carbon, which they store, and oxygen, which they release. A win-win: we fix climate change and improve the environment.

This app has been developed from several published equations to estimate the amount of CO2 that can be taken from the atmosphere and stored as carbon in a tree over its life time. Check the story here