Development of reproducible germination techniques for culturally significant yam species to aid mined land rehabilitation

An Investigation of Indigenous Yam Propagation: Utilising Dioscorea transversa seeds and Eriosema chinense tubers  

The project centres around the development of appropriate, reproducible germination techniques for culturally significant yam species to aid in the revegetation of a mine site in Far North Queensland. Three types of soil (1-yr old, 3-yr old and fallow) from the site will be employed as growth media for the tubers.

The species are of great importance to the Indigenous people of the area and establishment of the same forms a part of the completion criteria for the post-mining rehabilitation program. Potential treatments may include, but not be limited to, application of growth hormones, nutrient enrichment, slicing of tubers into segments prior to sowing, and smoke exposure.

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Green Coast Resources in Weipa