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The impacts of runnelling on saltmarsh vegetation and substrate

Latchford, J.A. (1998) The impacts of runnelling on saltmarsh vegetation and substrate. In: McComb, A.J. and Davis, J.A., (eds.) Wetlands for the future. Gleneagles Publishing, Glen Osmond, S.A. Australia, pp. 327-334.

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The environmental impacts of runnelling (a mosquito control technique) were examined on the low marsh vegetation of saltmarshes within the Peel-Harvey estuary, W A. Above-ground biomass of Sarcocomia quinqueflora was harvested from two sampling zones (one 0 m and one 10m from saltmarsh pans) at the three study locations, while pore water and soil parameters were monitored. Large variations in Sarcocomia quinqueflora biomass occurred over the two years of study, which appeared to result from varying environmental conditions. There were altered salinity patterns during spring and winter at one site, however these changes were small in comparison to the naturally occurring seasonal changes. The results indicate that runnelling does not significantly alter the abundance and productivity of Sarcocomia quinqueflora.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Gleneagles Publishing
Copyright: © McComb and Davis
Notes: Papers from an international conference on wetland ecology held in Perth, November
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