Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide

Plant Restoration in Australia's Arid Northwest

June 2016
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th June 2016
  • ISBN 9781486305520
  • Language English
  • Pages 312 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.5"
  • Images 550 color photos, 281 maps, 13 graphs

The Pilbara region in Australia’s arid northwest is rich in flora that is suited to extreme temperatures and boom and bust cycles of moisture availability. It is also a region important for its natural resources. In places where mining activities have finished and the land is under management for ecological restoration, there is increasing demand for information about native plant communities and the biology of their seeds.

This is the first book to combine plant identification describing 103 regional plant taxa along with guidelines for effective collection, cleaning, storage and germination of their seeds. It addresses issues such as timing of collection, quality and viability of seed, and dormancy release, which are essential for successful restoration programs.

* First ever book combining plant identification with detailed information on seed-use
* Combination of themed chapters covering all aspects of seed collection, handling, and germination biology covering a wide range of species from arid systems
* Practitioner focused and designed to be easy to use in the field
* High-resolution images to portray the subtle differences and unique features of each species biology
* Universal seed biology knowledge for use in other ecosystems (e.g. nationally and internationally)

Foreword from BHP Billiton Iron Ore
Contributing authors

Chapter 1: Introduction to plant diversity of the Pilbara
Chapter 2: Seed collection, cleaning, and storage procedures
Chapter 3: Seed dormancy and germination of arid zone species
Chapter 4: A systematic approach to seed management for restoration
Chapter 5: An atlas to the plants and seeds of the Pilbara region

Appendix A: Seed dormancy class and suggested dormancy alleviating pre-treatments
Appendix B: Preparation of smoke water and application of aerosol smoke for use as a seed pre-treatment
Appendix C: Checklist of vascular plants in the Pilbara Bioregion

Todd E. Erickson

Todd E. Erickson is the Project Manager of the Restoration Seedbank Initiative, a joint project between The University of Western Australia, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and BHP Billiton Iron Ore.

Russell L. Barrett

Russell L. Barrett has worked as a Research Botanist with the Botanic Gardens, the Australian National Herbarium and CSIRO. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and a research Associate at the Western Australian Herbarium.

David J. Merritt

David J. Merritt is a Senior Research Scientist at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. A seed scientist for more than 15 years, his research interests include seed banking; seed dormancy and germination; and restoration ecology.

Kingsley W. Dixon

Kingsley W. Dixon was Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia. He is a specialist in the ecology, restoration and conservation biology of Australian native plants and ecosystems. He has been involved in multi-disciplinary scientific groups for 40 years, specializing in seed ecology and biology, nursery production systems, seed banking and restoration ecology. He is a Professor in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University. His interest and love of coastal ecosystems and working with Cambridge Coastcare spurred him to produce this book.