|Mr. Vishal and me visit one of DF farms in Melaka|
|DF grown for more than five years without much diseases.|
|DF sorting machine which sort for six weights|
Eventhough, Malaysia was badly hit by haze from Indonesia, the DF plants seems to survive. It is quite difficult to measure how haze caused effects on plants. However, physiologically plants cannot trap lights for energy to be converted and manufacture carbohydrates. Although DF are Crassulacean Acid metabolism (CAM), there is a carbon fixation pathway that evolved. In a plant using full CAM, the stomata in the leaves remain shut during the day to reduce evapotranspiration, but open at night to collect carbon dioxide (CO2). Haze will cause heat to be trapped in the atmosphere that caused temperature to rise which caused growth rates increase with time resulted in less accumulation of dry matter. This in turn, which cause the plants will reduced in yield.