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Buoyancy and germination of pond apple (Annona glabra L.) propagules in fresh and salt water

Setter, S.D. and Setter, M.J. and Graham, M.F. and Vitelli, J.S. (2008) Buoyancy and germination of pond apple (Annona glabra L.) propagules in fresh and salt water. In: Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference, 18-22 May 2008, Cairns, Queensland.

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Abstract

Stephen Setter, Melissa Setter, Michael Graham and Joe Vitelli recently published their paper 'Buoyancy and germination of pond apple (Annona glabra L.) propagules in fresh and salt water' in Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference. Stephen also presented this paper at the conference. Pond apple is an aggressive woody weed which has invaded many wetlands, drainage lines and riparian systems across the Wet Tropics bioregion of Far North Queensland. Most fruit and seed produced by pond apple during the summer wet season fall directly into creeks, river banks, flood plains and swamps from where they are dispersed. They reported that pond apple seeds can float for up to 12 months in either fresh or salt water, with approximately 38% of these seeds germinating in a soil medium once removed from the experimental water tanks at South Johnstone. Their study suggested that the removal of reproductive trees from areas adjacent to creeks and rivers will have an immediate impact on potential spread of pond apple by limiting seed input into flowing water bodies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:© R.G. and F.J. Richardson.
Keywords:Pond apples.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Integrated weed control
Deposited On:24 Aug 2009 06:23
Last Modified:10 Jun 2011 06:29

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