Tuart woodland bouncing back in Rockingham September 19, 2013 Ross Johnston, Bushland Maintainer, with Leonie Stubbs, Friends of Paganoni Swamp Bushland staff member. A new generation of Tuart seedlings is getting a head start in Rockingham Lakes Regional Park thanks to an innovative ashbed reseeding technique. The collaborative project involves Murdoch University, the City of Rockingham, Friends of Paganoni Swamp Bushland and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Coordinator Dr Katinka Ruthrof from Murdoch’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Change, Woodland and Forest Health said it was thrilling to see her research into Tuart regeneration having a tangible outcome. “On average, we’ve had 40 seedlings germinate in each ashbed, which is a fantastic outcome and very encouraging for restoration of this regionally significant Tuart woodland,” Dr Ruthrof said. “Dixon Road Conservation Park has been hard hit in recent years, with a severe and sudden dieback event coinciding with extreme drought and heat in 2011, and then a fire in January 2013, which burnt hectares of woodland. “Because of the dieback event, there was no fruit, and therefore no seeds to be released, so our only option for regeneration of the Tuarts was active intervention.” Together with the City of Mandurah, the Peel Harvey Catchment Council and local volunteer groups, Dr Ruthrof first organised a program in which volunteers collected Tuart seeds. In April, these seeds were sown into the naturally occurring ashbeds left by the fire and raked lightly to protect them from ants, a major Tuart seed predator. “Research has shown that ashbeds are sites where high temperatures are reached during a fire, which releases nutrients from the soil and increases water infiltration,” Dr Ruthrof said. “This allows us to use the natural features of the land and thus have a low impact environmentally.” Dr Ruthrof said the group were regularly revisiting and monitoring the seedlings and would continue to do so to determine if this regeneration method could be used elsewhere when prescribed or unplanned burning takes place in Tuart woodlands and forests. Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Murdoch achievements, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: ashbed, centre of excellence for climate change, department of parks and wildlife, dieback, dixon road conservation park, friends of paganoni swamp bushland, katinka ruthrof, rockingham, rockingham lakes regional park, tuart, tuart reseeding, woodland and forest health Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!