Re­search re­veals threat

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NA­TIVE plant species Stir­ling Range wat­tles and Kam­bellup banksias are at risk of ex­tinc­tion, says Univer­sity of WA re­searcher Chris­tine Allen. Dr Allen said she spent the past four years work­ing on her PhD to pro­tect the species, which are on the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s list of thou­sands of threat­ened plants. She said her work was im­por­tant to res­cue the species and pro­vide a blue­print for sav­ing other plant species in the south-west, which was a “world bio­di­ver­sity hotspot”. “If plants can be saved, then whole ecosys­tems in­volv­ing na­tive in­sects, birds and mar­su­pi­als can also be pro­tected,” she said.

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