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Hope For After-Mining Plants

Monday 15th April / presented by Jeff Bullen

Curtin's research into the ability of native flora to re-establish on post-mining landforms has identified a small portion of species that are able to thrive in challenging growing conditions, giving hope for more effective mine site rehabilitation in the future.

The study, published in international journal Plant and Soil, examined the growth of almost fifty species of native plants on mine tailings generated by processing iron ore to determine how they fared compared to plants grown in natural topsoils.

Lead researcher Dr Adam Cross joined RTRFM to discuss the findings.

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