Green seeds of suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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