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Research Scientist (Conservation Biotechnology)
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth Western Australia 6005
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(+61 8) 9480 3623
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(+61 8) 9480 3641

Research themes

  • Seed ecology, seed biology and seed dormancy
  • Native plant propagation
  • Tissue culture, biotechnology and cryogenics
  • Threatened species
  • Restoration biology.

Academic background

My research career began in 1997 when I completed an honours degree which lead the following year into a PhD research program in the area of plant conservation biotechnology under the supervision of Dr Beng Tan (Curtin University) and external supervisors Dr Tissa Senaratna (Kings Park) and Dr Darren Touchell (Kings Park/United States Department of Agriculture). I graduated with a PhD from Curtin University in 2002 with the thesis title: ‘Cryopreservation of Somatic Germplasm of Selected Australian Monocotyledonous Taxa (Haemodoraceae)’. Since then I have been employed by Kings Park (2002 – 2003, 2010), the University of Western Australia (2003 – 2006, 2010 – present) and the University of Queensland (2003 – 2006) working a range of projects including Bold Park restoration, investigating the seed biology of problematic taxa required for land rehabilitation and enhancing seed performance for minesite restoration and biodiversity conservation. Several of these projects were supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage grant scheme.

Presently I am working on an industry funded project fully supported by Grange Resources looking at the Integrated conservation of the endangered species Androcalva perlaria (syn. Commersonia sp. Mt Groper) which only occurs in four sites (including one population on the proposed Southdown Magnetite Mine managed by Grange Resources) along the South coast of Western Australia. Across these four sites less than 100 plants remain. This project will run from 2010 to 2014 and will focus on ex situ and in situ conservation measures to aid in this species recovery from the brink of extinction.

Major projects

Current

  • ‘Integrated conservation of Ricinocarpos brevis’ (2013 – 2016). Industry funded project (Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd) administered through the University of Western Australia.
  • Integrated conservation of Androcalva perlaria (syn. Commersonia sp. Mt Groper) (2010 – 2014). Industry funded project (Grange Resources) administered through the University of Western Australia.

  • Integrated propagation approaches for Victorian dryland Cyperaceae (2010 –). Joint collaboration with the University of Melbourne (Dr Andrea Kodym).

Past

  • Development of cryopreservation for high value provenance collections of recalcitrant plant species used in post-mining restoration (2008 – 2012). ARC Linkage Project with Curtin University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia. Industry partners are Alcoa Australia and BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina.

  • ‘Enhancing native seed performance for minesite restoration and biodiversity conservation’ (2006 – 2009). ARC Linkage grant. Collaborators: Dr Kathryn Steadman (University of Queensland), Adjunct Professor Kingsley Dixon (Kings Park and Botanic Garden) Dr John Koch (Alcoa World Alumina Australia).

  • ‘Mechanisms for release of deep dormancy in seeds of Australian plant species used in land restoration’ (2003 – 2006). ARC Linkage grant. Collaborators: Associate Professor Julie Plummer (University of Western Australia), Adjunct Professor Kingsley Dixon (Kings Park and Botanic Garden) Dr Eric Bunn (Kings Park and Botanic Garden).

  • ‘Bold Park Restoration program’ (2002 – 2003).

Research associates, post-docs and students

Current

  • Clare Courtauld (Hons UWA 2013). ‘Seed Ecology of Semi-Arid Western Australian Species for Restoration of a Threatened Ecological Community.’
  • Laura Folan (Hons UWA 2013). ‘Seed biology of five noxious weeds (Arctotheca calendula, Pelargonium capitatum, Hypochaeris glabra, Ehrharta calycina, and Brassica tournefortii) that occur in the South West of Western Australia.’
  • Joshua Smith (Hon UWA, 2013). ‘Seed Biology of Ricinocarpos brevis (Euphorbiaceae), an endangered plant species endemic to Western Australia.
  • Anamika Sortey (Hons Curtin 2013). ‘Influence of stress factors on post-cryogenic survival of Lomandra sonderi.’
  • Arielle Fontaine (Hons UWA 2012/13). ‘Germination ecophysiology of seeds with small embryos.’
  • Susan Whiteley (PhD UWA 2013 - ) ‘Integrated conservation of threatened Western Australian species.’
  • Shahab Nikabadi (PhD - UWA 2012 – ). ‘Understanding the Ecophysiology of Trophic Transition with Micropropagated Terrestrial Orchids for Improving Restoration Success.’
  • Adam Cross (PhD UWA 2011 - ). ‘Seed biology, recruitment and dispersion: informing conservation and restoration in wetlands of the Kimberley region, Western Australia.’
  • Bryn Funnekotter (PhD - Curtin University 2011 – ). ‘The role of oxidative stress in successful cryopreservation of Australian plant species.’
  • Kerryn Chia ((PhD - UWA 2010 – ). ‘Ecology, seed dormancy and germination biology of Persoonia longifolia for use in land restoration and horticulture.’
  • Todd Erickson (PhD UWA 2009 - ). ‘Seed dormancy patterns and germination requirements of dominant species in the Pilbara arid zone.’
  • Arielle Fontaine (Hons UWA 2012). ‘Germination ecophysiology of seeds with small embryos.’
  • Susan Whiteley (Hons UWA 2012) ‘Conservation of Aldrovanda vesiculosa L. through tissue culture and cryopreservation.’
  • Christine Best (Hons UWA 2011 – 2012). ‘Reproductive biology of Commersonia sp. Mt Groper (Malvaceae), an endangered species from the South Coast of Western Australia.’

Past

  • Rachael Ord (PhD UWA 2008- 2013). ‘Post removal of Pinus pinaster plantations in Western Australia: Implications for reinstatement of Banksia woodland, a historical ecosystem assemblage.
  • Susan Whiteley (Hons UWA 2012) ‘Conservation of Aldrovanda vesiculosa L. through tissue culture and cryopreservation.’
  • Christine Best (Hons UWA 2011 – 2012). ‘Reproductive biology of Commersonia sp. Mt Groper (Malvaceae), an endangered species from the South Coast of Western Australia.’
  • Dr Anja Kaczmarczyk (Post Doc - Kings Park/Curtin University 2009 – 2011). ‘Development of cryopreservation for high value provenance collections of recalcitrant plant species used in post-mining restoration.’
  • Pui Ye Phang (Hons Curtin University 2011). ‘Ex situ conservation of the critically endangered Western Australian species Commersonia sp. Mt Groper.’
  • Cassie Reynolds (Hons UWA 2011). ‘Karrikinolide promotes germination of physiologically dormant seeds of Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. monilifera (boneseed), a Weed of National Significance.’
  • Adam Cross (Hons UWA 2010). ‘Disjunction and constraints to dispersal in the rare aquatic carnivorous plant Aldrovanda vesiculosa.’
  • Simin Lai (Hons UWA 2010). ‘In vitro propagation of the dryland sedge species - Mesomelaena pseudostygia and Mesomelaena tetragona (Cyperaceae) for land restoration.’
  • Kristy Fenner (Hons UWA 2008). ‘Seed dormancy and germination in the jarrah forest species Agrostocrinum scabrum (Anthericaceae), Billardieria floribunda (Pittosporaceae), Boronia ovata (Rutaceae) and Stypandra glauca (Phormiaceae).’
  • Annette Cook (Hons UWA 2007). ‘Physical Dormancy in Australian Sapindaceae.’
  • Rachael Ord (Hons UWA 2007). ‘Assessing the effects of wind erosion and faunal activity on broadcast seed removal in Banksia woodland restoration.’ Co-Supervisors Associate Professor Julie Plummer (UWA), Dr Deanna Rokich (Kings Park).
  • Lauren Wallman (Hons UWA 2007). ‘Enhancing seed germination and emergence for eight jarrah forest species returned to bauxite mined land via direct seeding.’
  • Jack Harmer (Hons Curtin University 2006). ‘The impact of the selective herbicide Fusilade® on native seed germination and seedling growth.’
  • Helen Bowers (Hons Curtin University 2005). ‘Dormancy alleviation and germination of Hibbertia species for land restoration.’
  • Paul Hoffman (Hons UWA 2005). ‘Somatic embryogenesis and micropropagation as a tool for mass propagation of two important Australian native species Lepidosperma leptostachyum and L. squamatum.’
  • Renee Tuckett (Hons UWA 2005). ‘Pre-treating broadcast seeds increases seedling emergence and survival for Banksia woodland restoration.’
  • Brett Pearce (Hons Curtin University 2004). ‘Optimisation of seed broadcasting techniques for effective land restoration.’
  • Rhys Thomas (Hons Curtin University 2004). ‘Dormancy alleviation and classification in five Jarrah Forest species with ‘black and shiny’ seeds.’
  • Ellie Ridley (Hons UWA 2004). ‘Understanding and overcoming seed dormancy in coastal species Acanthocarpus preissii and Scaevola crassifolia.’

Publications

Book chapters

  • Hamilton, K.N., Turner, S,R. and Ashmore, S.E. (2009). Cryopreservation. In: Offord, C.A. and Meagher, P.F (eds). Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia. Australian Network for plant Conservation Inc. Canberra.
  • Offord, C.A., Bunn, E., Turner, S,R, Sommerville, K.D., Siemon, J. and Ashmore, S.E. (2009). Tissue culture. In: Offord, C. A. and Meagher, P. F (eds). Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia. Australian Network for plant Conservation Inc. Canberra.
  • Turner, S,R. and Merritt, D.J. (2009). Seed germination and dormancy. In: Offord, C.A. and Meagher, P.F (eds). Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia. Australian Network for plant Conservation Inc. Canberra.
  • Martyn, A.J., Merritt, D.J. and Turner, S, R. (2009). Seed banking. In: Offord, C.A. and Meagher, P.F (eds). Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia. Australian Network for plant Conservation Inc. Canberra.
  • Touchell, D.T., Turner, S.R., Bunn, E., Dixon, K.W. (2002). Cryopreservation of Australian species - The role of plant growth regulators. In: Towill, L.E. and Bajaj, Y.P.S. (eds.). Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, Vol. 50. Cryopreservation of Plant Germplasm II. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Touchell, D.T., Turner, S.R., Bunn, E., Dixon, K.W. (2002). Cryostorage of somatic tissues of endangered Australian species. In: Towill, L.E. and Bajaj, Y.P.S. (eds.). Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, Vol. 50, Cryopreservation of Plant Germplasm II. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Refereed publications

  • Lai, S., Menon, A., Turner, S., Kodym, A., Bunn, E. (in press). Development of an in vitro protocol for a difficult-to-propagate endemic Australian dryland sedge species Mesomelaena pseudostygia (Cyperaceae). In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant (accepted 23rd April 2013).
  • Funnekotter, B., Kaczmarczyk, A., Turner, S. R., Bunn, E., Zhou, W., Smith, S., Flematti, G., Mancera, R. L. (2013). Acclimation-induced changes in cell membrane composition and influence on cryotolerance of in vitro shoots of native plant species. Plant Cell Organ and Tissue Culture. DOI 10.1007/s11240-013-0308-0.
  • Turner, S.R. Steadman, K.J. Vlahos, S. Koch, J. and Dixon, K.W. (2013). Seed treatment optimises benefits of seed bank storage for restoration-ready seeds: The feasibility of pre-storage dormancy alleviation for minesite revegetation. Restoration Ecology. 21: 186 – 192.
  • Wulff, A. S., Turner, S. R., Fogliani, B. and L'Huillier, L. (2012). Smoke stimulates germination in two divergent Gondwanan species (Hibbertia pancheri and Scaevola montana) endemic to the biodiversity hotspot of New Caledonia. Seed Science Research 22: 311 - 316.
  • Menon, A., Funnekotter, B., Kaczmarczyk, A. Bunn, E., Turner, S. and Mancera, R. L. (in press). Cryopreservation of Lomandra sonderii (Asparagaceae) shoot tips using the droplet vitrification-method. Cryo-Letters.
  • Turner, S.R. Steadman, K.J. Vlahos, S. Koch, J. and Dixon, K.W. (in press). Seed treatment optimises benefits of seed bank storage for restoration-ready seeds: The feasibility of pre-storage dormancy alleviation for minesite revegetation. Restoration Ecology.
  • Hidayati, S.N., Walck, J.L., Merritt, D.J., Turner, S.R., Turner, D.W. and Dixon, K.W. (in press). Sympatric species of Hibbertia (Dilleniaceae) vary in dormancy break and germination requirements: implications for classifying morphophysiological dormancy in Mediterranean biomes. Annals of Botany.doi:10.1093/aob/mcs034.
  • Bradshaw, S.D., Dixon, K.W., Hopper, S.D., Lambers, H. and Turner, S.R. (2011). Response to Keeley et al.: Fire as an evolutionary pressure shaping plant traits. Trends in Plant Science16: 405.
  • Bradshaw, S.D., Dixon, K.W., Hopper, S.D., Lambers, H. and Turner, S.R. (2011). Little evidence for fire-adapted plant traits in mediterranean climate regions. Trends in Plant Science16: 69 – 76.
  • Bunn, E, Turner, S.R., and Dixon, K.W. (2011). Biotechnology for saving rare and threatened flora in a biodiversity hotspot. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant47: 188 – 200.
  • Kaczmarczyk, A., Turner, S.R., Bunn, E., Mancera, R.L. and Dixon, K.W. (2011). Cryopreservation of threatened native Australian species - what have we learned and where to from here? In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant47: 17– 25.
  • Nikabadi, S., Bunn E., Turner, S., Stevens, J. and Dixon, K. (2010) Development of an in vitro propagation protocol for ex situ conservation of two critically endangered species of Commersonia (Malvaceae) from Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany58: 565 – 574.
  • Long, R., Williams, K., Flematti, G., Griffiths, E., Merritt, D., Stevens, J., Turner, S., Powles, S. and Dixon, K. (2010). Prior hydration of Brassica tournefortii seeds reduces the stimulatory effect of karrikinolide on germination and increases seed sensitivity to abscisic acid. Annals of Botany105: 1063 - 1070.
  • Kodym, A., Turner, S. and Delpratt, J. (2010). In situ seed development and in vitro regeneration of three difficult to propagate Lepidosperma species (Cyperaceae). Australian Journal of Botany58: 107–114.
  • Turner, S.R., Cook, A., Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C., Tuckett, R.E. and Dixon, K.W. (2009). Identification and characterization of the water gap in the physically-dormant seeds of Dodonaea petiolaris: a first report for Sapindaceae. Annals of Botany104: 833 - 844.
  • Turner, S.R. and Dixon, K.W. (2009) Seed dormancy and germination in the Australian Baobab, Adansonia gregorii F.Muell. Seed Science Research19: 261 - 266.
  • Turner, S.R., Commander, L.E., Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C. and Dixon. K.W. (2009). Germination behaviour of Astroloma xerophyllum (Ericaceae), a species with woody indehiscent endocarps. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society160: 299 – 311. 2008.
  • Panaia, M. Bunn, E., Turner, S.R. McComb, J. (2009). Incubation temperature critical to successful stimulation of in vitro zygotic embryo growth in four Australian native Cyperaceae species. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture97: 197 – 202.
  • Rokich, D.P., Harma, J., Turner, S.R., Sadler, R.J. and Tan, B.H. (2009) Fluazifop-p-butyl herbicide: Implications for germination, emergence and growth of Australian plant species. Biological Conservation142: 850 – 869.
  • Turner, S.R., Merritt, D.J., Renton, M.S. and Dixon, K.W. (2009). Seed moisture content affects afterripening and smoke responsiveness in three sympatric Australian native species from fire prone environments. Austral Ecology34: 866 – 877.
  • Close, D.C., Ruthrof, K.X., Turner, S., Rokich, D.P. and Dixon, K.W. (2009). Ecophysiology of species with distinct leaf morphologies: Effects of plastic and shadecloth tree guards. Restoration Ecology17: 33 – 41.
  • Tieu, A., Turner, S.R. and Dixon, K.W. (2009). The novel use of commercial enzymes to depulp the fruits and seeds of selected Australian native species for seed storage and germination. Ecological Management and Restoration9: 229 – 232.
  • Mallón, R., Bunn, E., Turner, S.R. and González, M.L. (2008). Cryopreservation of Centaurea ultreiae (compositae) a critically endangered species from galicia (Spain). Cryo-Letters29: 363 – 370.
  • Merritt, D.J. Turner, S.R. Clarke S. and Dixon K.W. (2007). Seed dormancy and germination stimulation syndromes for Australian temperate species. Australian Journal of Botany55: 336 – 344.
  • Cook, A., Turner, S.R., Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C., Steadman, K.J. and Dixon, K.W. (2008). Occurrence of physical dormancy in seeds of Australian Sapindaceae: A survey of 14 species in nine genera. Annals of Botany101: 1349 - 1362.
  • Bunn, E., Turner, S.R. Panaia, M. and Dixon, K.W. (2007). 'The contribution of in vitro technology and cryogenic storage to conservation of indigenous plants; an Australian example. Australian Journal of Botany55: 345 – 355.
  • Merritt, D.J. Turner, S.R. Clarke S. and Dixon K.W. (2007). Seed dormancy and germination stimulation syndromes for Australian temperate species. Australian Journal of Botany55: 336 – 344.
  • Turner, S.R. Merritt, D.J., Ridley, E.C., Commander, L.E., Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C. and Dixon, K.W. (2006). Ecophysiology of seed dormancy in the Australian endemic species Acanthocarpus preissii (Dasypogonaceae). Annals of Botany98: 1137 – 1144.
  • Merritt, D.J., Kristiansen, M., Flematti, G., Turner, S.R., Ghisalberti, E.L., Trengove, R.D. and Dixon, K.W. (2006). Effects of a butenolide present in smoke on light-mediated germination of Australian Asteraceae. Seed Science Research16: 29 – 35.
  • Turner, S.R., Merritt, D.J., Baskin, J.M., Baskin, C.C. and Dixon, K.W. (2006). Combinational dormancy in seeds of the Western Australian endemic species Diplopeltis huegelii (Sapindaceae). Australian Journal of Botany54: 1 – 6.
  • Turner, S.R., Pearce, B., Rokich, D., Dunn, R.R., Merritt, D.J., Majer J.D. and Dixon K.W. (2006). Influence of polymer seed coatings, soil raking, and time of sowing on seedling performance in post mining restoration. Restoration Ecology14: 267 – 277.
  • Turner, S.R., Merritt, D.J., Baskin, C.C., Dixon, K.W. and Baskin, J.M. (2005). Physical dormancy in seeds of six genera of Australian Rhamnaceae. Seed Science Research15: 51–58.
  • Turner, S.R., Krauss, S.L., Bunn, E., Senaratna, T., Dixon, K.W., Tan, B. and Touchell, D. (2001). Genetic fidelity and viability of Anigozanthos viridis following tissue culture, cold storage and cryopreservation. Plant Science161: 1099-1106.
  • Turner, S. R., Bunn, E., Senaratna, T., Tan B., Dixon, K., W. and Touchell D. H. (2001). Effects of plant growth regulators on survival and recovery growth following cryopreservation. Cryo-letters22: 163-174.
  • Turner, S.R., Senaratna, T., Touchell, D.H., Bunn, E., Dixon, K.W. and Tan, B. (2001). Stereochemical arrangement of hydroxyl groups in sugar and polyalcohol molecules as an important factor in effective cryopreservation. Plant Science160: 489-497.
  • Turner, S.R., Senaratna, T., Bunn, E., Tan, B. and Dixon, K.W. and Touchell, D.H. (2001). Cryopreservation of shoot tips from six endangered Australian species using a modified vitrification protocol. Annals of Botany 87: 371 - 378.
  • Turner, S.R., Tan, B., Senaratna, T., Bunn, E., Dixon, K.W. and Touchell, D.H. (2000). Cryopreservation of the Australian species Macropidia fuliginosa by vitrification. Cryo-letters 21: 379 - 388.
  • Turner, S.R., Touchell, D.H., Dixon, K. and Tan, B. (2000). Cryopreservation of Anigozanthos viridis ssp viridis and related taxa from the South West of Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 48: 739 - 744.

Technical reports, conference proceedings and presentations

  • Ord, R., Rokich, D., Stevens, J., Turner, S. and Dixon K. W. (2011). Restoring biodiverse Mediterranean woodland communities after pine forestry in Western Australia. SERI 2011 - 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 21 – 25 2011, Merida, Yucatan Mexico.
  • Kodym, A., Turner, S., Temsch, E., Bunn, E. and Delpratt J. (2011). Return of ecological keystone sedge species through plant tissue culture. SERI 2011 - 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 21 – 25 2011, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Erickson, T.E., Merritt, D.J., Turner, S.R., Stevens, J.C., Ainsley, P.J. and Dixon, K.W. (2011). Seed farming in the arid zone - difficulties in sourcing and germinating enough Triodia seeds for restoration. SERI 2011 - 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 21 – 25 2011, Merida, Yucatan Mexico.
  • Dixon, K.W., Benigno, S., Bunn, E., Cockram, L., Commander, L., Erickson, T., Funnekotter, B., Kaczmarczyk, A., Krauss, S., Menz, M., Ord, R., Ritchie, A., Stingemore, J. and Turner S. (2011). Integrated Restoration Science in Western Australia. SERI 2011 - 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 21 – 25 2011, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Ord, R.C., Rokich, D.P., Turner, S.R., Stevens, J. and Dixon. K.W. (2011). Restoring Banksia woodland communities after pine forestry in a biodiversity hotspot, Western Australia. The 96th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Aug 7 – 12 2011 Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Turner, S.R. Bunn, E., Dixon, B., Merritt, D. and Dixon, K.W. (2011). Seed ecology of threatened species: Implication for long-term management. IBC 2011 - XVIII International Botanical Congress, Jul 23 – 30 2011, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Kaczmarczyk, A. Turner, S.R. Funnekotter, B. and Bunn E. (2010). Development of a cryopreservation protocol for Loxocarya cinerea - A recalcitrant plant species used in post-mining restoration. CRYO-2010 – 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cryobiology, Jul 17 – 20 2010, Bristol, UK. Cryobiology 61: 402.
  • Walck, J.L. Hidayati, S.N. Merritt, D.J., Turner, S.R. and Dixon, K.W. (2010). Germination Responses Among Sympatric Facultative Fire Ephemerals Differing in Dormancy Classes. 3rd International Society for Seed Science Meeting on Seeds and the Environment, Jun 20 – 24 2010, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Ord, R., Rokich, D., Turner, S. Stevens, J. and Dixon, K. (2009). Post removal of Pinus pinaster plantations in Western Australia: Implications for reinstatement of Banksia woodland, a historical ecosystem assemblage. Society for Ecological Restoration International World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 23 - 27 2009, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Williams, K., Stevens, J.C., Turner, S.R., Long, R.L. and Dixon, K.W. (2009). COS 71-8: Suppression of smoke-stimulated seed germination by moist soil conditions. The 94th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Aug 2 – 7 2009, Albuquerque New Mexico, USA.
  • Erickson, T., Dixon, K., Merritt, D., Turner, S. and Ainsley. P. (2009). Seed viability, dormancy status and site-specific abiotic variation are factors affecting seed broadcasting potential in the Pilbara semi-arid zone. Society for Ecological Restoration International World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Aug 23 – 27 2009, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Rokich, D.P., Dixon, K.W., Turner, S.R., Merritt, D.J., Krauss, S.L. and Barrett, R.L. (2008). COS 121-10: Concepts for improving success in urban remnant restoration. The 93rd Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Aug 9 – 13 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Merritt, D.J., Turner, S., Clarke, S. and Dixon, K.W. (2008). Optimising collection, storage, and germination of native plant species. Australian Centre for Minerals Extension and Research. Project R64. Final Report.
  • Ord, R., Rokich, D., Turner, S. and Plummer, J. (2007). Wind erosion and invertebrate activity on broadcast seed removal in Banksia woodland restoration, Western Australia. XI International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, Sep 2 – 5 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Bunn, E., Turner, S. and Dixon K. (2007). Solutions for recalcitrance to propagation with threatened plants in a Mediterranean ecosystem: profiles of ex situ conservation using in vitro and cryogenic methods applied to the Western Australian flora. XI International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, Sep 2 – 5 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Merritt, D.J., Turner, S.R., Clarke, S. and Dixon, K.W. (2007). How do we efficiently define seed germination techniques in diverse floras? Some methods for resolving temperature and moisture cues for dormancy loss and the use of the smoke stimulant. 2nd International Society for Seed Science Meeting on Seeds and the Environment, Sep 9 – 13 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Cook, A., Turner, S.R. and Dixon, K.W. (2007). Physical dormancy in Australian Sapindaceae. 2nd International Society for Seed Science Meeting on Seeds and the Environment, Sep 9 – 13 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Turner, S., Merritt, D., Clarke, S., Commander, L. and Dixon, K. (Eds). (2007). Proceedings of the Seed Ecology II 2007 Conference, 9 – 13 September, Perth, Australia. Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Merritt, D.J., Turner, S.R., Commander, L.E. and Dixon, K.W. (2005). Integrated seed science for delivering a better restoration outcome. In: SW Adkins, PJ Ainsley, DJ Coates and LC Bell (Eds) Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology for Revegetation. ACMER, QLD.
  • Turner, S.R (2005). Bold Park Final Report.
  • Turner, S., Merritt, D. Pearce, B., Stevens, J. and Dixon, K.W., (2005). Enhancing seeds: Optimising Seed Performance for Effective Land Restoration. 8th International Workshop on Seeds. Brisbane Australia.
  • Turner, S., Merritt, D., and Dixon, K, W., (2004). A New Way of Assessing Seed Dormancy in Australian Taxa: A Case Study on Australian Rhamnaceae. 5th Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Dixon, K.D., Tieu, A., Jefferson, L., Merritt, D., Turner, S., Flematti G. and Egerton-Warburton L. (2002). Dormancy Mechanisms of Australian Native Species. ACMER Final Report.
  • Turner, S,R., Bunn, E., and Dixon, K.D. (2002). Cryostorage for the Conservation of Endangered Plant Species. Australian Branch of the International Association for Plant Tissue Culture. Armidale NSW.
  • Dixon, K.W., Bunn, E., Krauss, S., Senaratna, T., Wells, G., Rokich, D., Dixon, B., Tieu, A., Turner, S., Panaia, M., Merritt, D., Anthony, J., Hood, P., Zawko, G., Barrett, M., Batty, A., Mooney, P., Debeljak N. and Barrett. R. (2001). The Role of a Botanic Garden in Conservation Science. Gardens 2001 Congress. Canberra, ACT.
  • Senaratna, T., Panaia, M., Anthony, J., Bunn, E., Turner, S.R. and Dixon. K.W. (2001). Synthetic Seeds for Rehabilitation of Disturbed Habitats. 4th Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology for Revegetation. Mildura, Victoria.
  • Bunn, E., Senaratna, T., Krauss, S., Turner, S.R. and Dixon, K.D. (2000). An Integrated Approach to the Conservation of Endangered Plants in Western Australia. Proceedings from the International Conference on the Impact of Agricultural Research for Development in Southeast Asia. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 263 – 273.