Sediment and seed bank dynamics in river systems of southeastern Australia: Implications for vegetation-based river rehabilitation [ 2009 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Dr KA Fryirs; Dr MR Leishman

Brief description Every year in Australia millions of dollars are spent revegetating degraded riparian corridors as part of best practice river rehabilitation. The planting and maintenance of riparian tubestock is an expensive but essential component of current on-the-ground river management across the country. What if the success rate of riparian rehabilitation could be enhanced by combining geomorphic and ecological knowledge to maximise the germination of native seeds stored in riparian seed banks? As the conservation of biodiversity becomes integral to environmental management, understanding riparian seed bank dynamics and seedling establishment within a geomorphic framework is an essential tool in river rehabilitation practice.

Funding Amount $250,000

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