Native Perennial Grasses for Sustainable Pasture Systems

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  • Published: 29 Jul 2010

  • Author(s): Samantha Clarke, Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Megan Ryan, Dr Meredith Mitchell, Dr Ian Chivers , Prof Kingsley Dixon

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Rehabilitation of degraded lands through the use of native grasses is likely to enhance productivity in poor performing agricultural and mining rehabilitation areas, thus improving industry sustainability by increasing biodiversity and restoring ecosystem function. At present, variable and unsuccessful native perennial pasture establishment is the result of low availability of viable seed, asynchronous and unreliable seed germination, poor seedling emergence and low seedling vigour.
This project targets the development of a national program to deliver seed-based solutions to overcome seed germination and establishment barriers for a profitable and productive broad-acre native perennial grass pasture and restoration industry.