Is passive revegetation through utilisation of soil seed banks a viable rehabilitation option in riparian ecosystems?

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Abstract

In this paper we present work on the characteristics and dynamics of the riparian seed bank of a sand-bed stream in eastern Australia (Wollombi Brook). Firstly, we will focus on the characteristics of the seed bank, namely the type, abundance and distribution of seeds in the riparian zone of Wollombi Brook and discuss whether these seed banks have the capacity to support the regeneration of diverse riparian vegetation. We highlight two sets of dynamics that contribute to the composition of riparian seed banks; local-scale seed availability from standing vegetation, and catchment-scale seed floating capacity from upstream seed sources. Finally, we present a range of practical implications for on-the-ground activity that aims to better utilise the riparian seed bank in river rehabilitation practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Australian Stream Management Conference
EditorsGeoff Vietz, Ian Rutherfurd, Rhiannon Hughes
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherThe University of Melbourne
Pages268-273
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780734050380
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAustralian Stream Management Conference (7th : 2014) - Townsville, QLD
Duration: 27 Jul 201430 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Stream Management Conference (7th : 2014)
CityTownsville, QLD
Period27/07/1430/07/14

Keywords

  • Seed bank
  • revegetation
  • seed sources
  • riparian corridor
  • river rehabilitation

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