native grass themeda triandraView image slideshowProject title: Broad scale implementation of native grass germination enhancement technologies

Dates: 2010 - 2014

Funding: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Location: Perth, Western Australia; Melbourne, Victoria; and Adelaide, South Australia

Research themes

  • seed dormancy, ecology and germination
  • seed enhancement technologies
  • seedling emergence and establishment

Project description

The overall aim of this proposed study is to improve opportunities to introduce native grasses, through developing and testing seed enhancement techniques, allowing for the rapid scaling-up of sowing of native grasses onto a broad-scale.

This project will address two key concepts (1) determining the role of seed treatments in improving establishment of native grass species and (2) development of seed treatment technology to facilitate scaling-up of the research findings. The project will deliver commercially viable technologies leading to a greater ease of establishment and lower associated production costs of native grasses. It is proposed that seed treatment facilities (seed cleaning and seed priming) be developed that are able to treat commercial quantities of the various seeds as desired and that these treatments be evaluated on a broad-scale across a range of environments throughout southern Australia.

Key staff

Dr Jason Stevens

Collaborators

Prof Kingsley Dixon (BGPA), Dr Ian Chivers (Native Seeds Pty Ltd)

Presentations

Stevens J, Symons D, Chivers I and Dixon K (2012) Scaling-up: Seed enabling technologies for broad acre native grass production systems. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference, 28-30 November 2012, Perth, Western Australia.

Stevens J, Symons D, Dyball K, Walters R, Chivers I and Dixon K (2012) Improving early seedling establishment of native grasses. 3rd Native Grass Researchers Workshop, 12-14 November 2012, Cheltenham, Victoria.

Stevens J, Symons D, Dyball K, Walters R, Chivers I and Dixon K (2010) Scaling-up: seed enabling technologies for broad acre native grass production systems. 2nd Native Grass Researchers Workshop, November 2010, Cheltenham, Victoria.

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