Seeds of Vigna marina (Burm.) Merrill survive up to 25 years flotation in salt water

Lawn, R.J., and Cottrell, A. (2016) Seeds of Vigna marina (Burm.) Merrill survive up to 25 years flotation in salt water. The Queensland Naturalist, 54 (1-3). pp. 3-13.

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Vigna marina (Burm.) Merrill is a pan-tropical legume found in littoral zone vegetation in north-eastern Australia and nearby islands. Its seeds are buoyant and ocean currents are the presumed main mechanism for its dispersal. In 1985, we immersed seeds in salt water to see how long they would remain buoyant and viable. In 2010, we germinated and grew plants from some of the last of these seeds. We concluded that given reasonably favourable conditions the potential exists for viable seeds to be dispersed over vast distances on ocean currents.

Item ID: 44519
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0079-8843
Keywords: beach restoration, dune Vigna, germplasm, native legume, salinity tolerance
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Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 03:51
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310804 Plant developmental and reproductive biology @ 75%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300406 Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding) @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 75%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8204 Summer Grains and Oilseeds > 820499 Summer Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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