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IITA Alumni plant trees
The annual meeting of IITA Alumni took place this year at IITA headquarters in Ibadan. On March 14 alumni were taken on a guided walk through the IITA Forest Reserve and reforestation areas by Deni Bown, Forest Project Manager, Emmanuel Olabode, Project Supervisor, and Kunle Olasupo, Field Supervisor. Afterwards alumni gathered to plant a tree in the Forest Project’s Staff Garden to commemorate the occasion. The tree chosen was Alstonia boonei which is much used in Yorubaland to lower fever. This was followed on March 18 by the planting of an iroko (Milicia excelsa) by Dr John Peacock, founder of the Forest Project and manager 2010-2011, while attending the meeting of IITA Alumni. 
 
IITA Alumni plant trees
 
PLANT OF THE MONTH

African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

 
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