Seed Banks of Weed-Invaded Wetlands: Implications for biodiversity and restoration

  • 28 pages

  • Published: 26 Oct 2011

  • Author(s): Wearne, Lynise, Nicholas, Mike, Perkins, Gen, Australian Weeds Research Centre

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This report examines the consequences of Para grass invading a wetland in the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park and its impact on wetland vegetation and bird communities.
The wetland is of high conservation value and a range of management techniques have been trialled to control the species, and in some places to remove it from the area.  These results also have implications for the management of other invasive species in wetlands in northern Australia.
The current project explores the role of the soil seed bank in influencing the recovery of the wetlands following a long-term management regime which has been trialled in these wetlands. The study provides useful information for the potential of these systems to recover following long invasion of such areas.