Green seeds of success
SUCCESS rates for restoring land destroyed by pests and weeds could be improved following a new proposal by scientists.
A study by Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife has found that restoration projects are more likely to succeed if plants are selected based on their suitability to adapt to a changing climate, rather than what was previously grown in the area.
“Restoring natural areas that have been degraded by pests and weeds, or impacted by industry, is an essential part of conserving habitats for our unique flora and fauna, and reducing the impact of climate change,” lead scientist on the study Cristina Ramalho said.
In the past, seeds for restoration projects were selected based on surveys of the local area.
Dr Ramalho’s approach selects seeds based on their suitability to the changing climate.