Seagrasses of Australia

Structure, Ecology and Conservation

Seagrasses of Australia

This book takes the place of “Biology of Seagrasses: A Treatise on the Biology of Seagrasses with Special Reference to the Australian Region”, co-edited by A.W.D. Larkum, A.J. MaCComb and S.A. Shepherd and published by Elsevier in 1989. The first book has been influential, but it is now 25 years since it was published and seagrass studies have progressed and developed considerably since then. The design of the current book follows in the steps of the first book. There are chapters on taxonomy, floral biology, biogeography and regional studies. The regional studies emphasize the importance of Australia having over half of the world’s 62 species, including some ten species published for Australia since the previous book. There are a number of chapters on ecology and biogeography; fish biology and fisheries and dugong biology are prominent chapters. Physiological aspects again play an important part, including new knowledge on the role of hydrogen sulphide in sediments and on photosynthetic processes. Climate change, pollution and environmental degradation this time gain an even more important part of the book. Decline of seagrasses around Australia are also discussed in detail in several chapters. Since the first book was published two new areas have received special attention: blue carbon and genomic studies. Seagrasses are now known to be a very important player in the formation of blue carbon, i.e. carbon that has a long turnover time in soils and sediments. Alongside salt marshes and mangroves, seagrasses are now recognized as playing a very important role in the formation of blue carbon. And because Australia has such an abundance and variety of seagrasses, their role in blue carbon production and turnover is of great importance. The first whole genomes of seagrasses are now available and Australia has played an important role here. It appears that seagrasses have several different suites of genes as compared with other (land) plants and even in comparison with freshwater hydrophytes. This difference is leading to important molecular biological studies where the new knowledge will be important to the understanding and conservation of seagrass ecosystems in Australia. Thus by reason of its natural abundance of diverse seagrasses and a sophisticated seagrass research community in Australia it is possible to produce a book which will be attractive to marine biologists, coastal scientists and conservationists from many countries around the world.

Seagrass in Australia

Strategic Review and Development of an R & D Plan

Seagrass in Australia

Seagrass Strategic Review and Development of an R&D Plan was commissioned by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). It reflects a shift from viewing fished species or even fisheries habitats as separate, unconnected entities to viewing them as components of larger ecosystems, and it seeks to develop a comprehensive, ecosystem-based management plan.

Overview of the Conservation of Australian Marine Invertebrates

A Report for Environment Australia

Overview of the Conservation of Australian Marine Invertebrates

"This volume is intended to be a companion to Yen and Butcher's (1997) overview of the conservation of non-marine invertebrates. As with that work, we see one of our major roles as addressing the "perceptual and practical imbalance" in the current approach to conservation and facilitating the conservation of marine invertebrates in Australia and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)"--Introduction.

A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

Introduces the exceptionally diverse temperate seagrasses of the southern hemisphere.

Australia, State of the Environment

Australia, State of the Environment

The issues addressed in the report will assist in the integrated management of our natural resources in a manner which is ecologically sustainable. All sections of the community - the general public, government decision makers and policy analysts, industry groups, natural resource planners and managers, academics and scientists, community groups and environmentalists, students and educational institutions, international agencies, and the media - will find the report an indispensable source of environmental information.

Planting Wetlands and Dams

A Practical Guide to Wetland Design, Construction and Propagation

Planting Wetlands and Dams

Wetland planting can bring back biodiversity, reduce the impact of drought and flood, improve water quality and conserve beauty in a mismanaged landscape. Planting Wetlands and Dams is a step-by-step, plain language guide to the creation of conditions in which wetland plants will thrive, from design and construction to collecting plants, seeds and propagation. Completely revised and expanded, this new edition includes comprehensive information for around 200 genera of wetland plants from Tasmania to the tropics, complemented by more than 60 new colour photographs. It discusses the modification and improvement of existing dams, new lining materials available, and planning for plant and animal habitat needs. It provides updated information on legal requirements as well as significant exotic weeds, and examines the pros and cons of establishing new wetlands in dry climates.

Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation

Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation

Seagrasses are unique plants; the only group of flowering plants to recolonise the sea. They occur on every continental margin, except Antarctica, and form ecosystems which have important roles in fisheries, fish nursery grounds, prawn fisheries, habitat diversity and sediment stabilisation. Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of research and information on all aspects of seagrass biology. However the compilation of all this work into one book has not been attempted previously. In this book experts in 26 areas of seagrass biology present their work in chapters which are state-of–the-art and designed to be useful to students and researchers alike. The book not only focuses on what has been discovered but what exciting areas are left to discover. The book is divided into sections on taxonomy, anatomy, reproduction, ecology, physiology, fisheries, management, conservation and landscape ecology. It is destined to become the chosen text on seagrasses for any marine biology course.

Seagrass Biology

Proceedings of an International Workshop, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 25-29 January 1996

Seagrass Biology