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Economic and Ecological Pollinators in Pekalongan Tropical Rainforest (bahasa Indonesia)

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A yellow-gloved hand holds a bat.
A captured bat in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.

The story excerpt and photo captions below were translated from bahasa Indonesia. To read the original story in full, visit IDN Times. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.


Pekalongan, IDN Times - Durian can be a polarizing fruit. Typical of tropical regions located between latitudes of 23.5° north and 23.5° south, durian is rich in vitamins and has a high nutritional value. It contains vitamins C and B, potassium, iron, healthy fats, fiber, and vegetable compounds.

The benefits of durian include supporting digestive tract health, helping overcome constipation, and minimizing premature aging because of its high antioxidant content. In addition, durian can increase endurance, help with insomnia, and control blood pressure.

A landscape view of the forest
The Petungkriyono tropical rainforest in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A farmer climbs on a durian tree to harvest the fruit.
Farmers harvest durian using a traditional method in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A durian farmer sits on a durian tree branch.
Tarsono, 45, a durian farmer from Mendolo Village, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A researcher wearing white gloves holds a bat.
Bats captured by scientists in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A durian tree branch with flowers
A flower found on a durian tree in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
Several ripe durian fruits hang from a durian tree.
Durian fruits in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
Researchers wearing surgical masks and gloves analyze a captured bat.
A research team captures bats in the Petungkriyono tropical rainforest in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A researcher wearing a surgical mask holds up a glass vial with dark orange liquid pollen inside.
A sample of pollen collected from bats gathered from the Petungkriyono tropical rainforest in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
A bat sticking its tongue out is shown in a yellow-gloved hand.
A bat captured by the research team in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.

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