Stephanie Frischie, Chris Helzer, and Todd Erickson present the rationale and successive steps that are required for the efficient delivery and use of seeds in ecological restoration. Case studies from prairie ecosystems in North America and the hot deserts of north-western Australia illustrate the process.
In Germany, a market for regional seed of native wild plants has been established with an annual trade volume of about 200 t in recent years. In order to meet the demand of Federal Natural Conservation Act to apply from 2020 only such seed in natural surroundings, the market in the next 4 years would need to grow about tenfold. However, reported to the BSA, figures do not show this trend so far and achieving this objective seems difficult. In addition to the requirements imposed by the proliferation of wild plants per se, actual conditions hinder the growers. The legal hurdles are high on one hand (German Regulation for Preservation Mixtures – ErMiV) and on the other hand they do not regulate the total wild seed market. Officially approved quality seals like RegiozertTM and VWWRegiosaatenTM give customers more security, but certification is only prescribed for the ErMiV subject mixtures. These loopholes facilitate the development of an extensive market of Wild Flower Mixtures of uncertain origin with which the more expensive local products have to compete. If politicians and conservationists do not support the market for regional wild plant seed in the next years massively, it will not grow as necessary, because the producers cannot bear all risks alone.
Smoking kills but it is the magic solution for seed germination of many native seeds. This webinar, presented by Curtin Professor Kingsley Dixon, noted authority on smoke germination, runs through the background and history of this important discovery and the remarkable scientific journey to the discovery of the compounds in smoke that stimulate germination. The webinar also goes through the step-by-step process for building your own smoke apparatus for treating seed and making smoke water.