Seed quality and the true price of native seed for mine site restoration
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Native seed underpins the success of most terrestrial restoration efforts globally; however, the fragility of the native seed supply chain presents a key challenge to achieving global restoration goals. With the current heightened global focus on ecological restoration, seed supply chains are under unprecedented pressure worldwide. New and practical solutions are required to help the native seed industry move toward more sustainable and reliable supply, and in turn, facilitate more cost-effective, successful, seed-based restoration. Here we focus on species used in biodiverse mine site restoration in two regions of Western Australia as a test case for evaluating two key elements of the seed supply chain: seed quality and price. The study assessed seed quality in 185 species, then combined these results with seed price to determine the actual cost of pure live seeds (PLS) used in restoration. Average seed quality, expressed as a weight percentage of PLS, is 55%. The average price for a native seed batch across 129 species is $1,093 Australian dollars (AUD)/kg, and when adjusted for viability and purity is $2,600 (AUD)/ kg of PLS. We suggest replacing the traditional approach of pricing seed per unit weight ($/kg) with a new method that would reflect seed quality and unit number; price per thousand pure live seeds ($ TPLS). We posit that this new way of pricing native seeds would increase transparency and information flow in the marketing of native seeds, which will, in turn, enable seed users to more reliably plan for, and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of seed-based restoration projects.
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