Understanding the seed ecology of southwest Australian Rutaceae to improve restoration in a biodiversity hotspot
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In southwest Australia there is a significant need to restore vegetation communities impacted by anthropogenic activities. The series of experiments undertaken over the course of this thesis focus on a notoriously difficult-to-germinate plant family, the Rutaceae. Through the application of field- and lab-based experiments, avenues for seed-based propagation of southwest Australian Rutaceae have been developed, allowing for more effective restoration approaches based upon an improved understanding of seed ecology.