The goal was to identify relationships associated with biotic and abiotic characteristics and outcomes of a Wollemi pine translocation event, and to use this information to advise future targeted translocation to ensure effective conservation of the critically endangered Wollemi pine
Type of Study:
Soil properties can be used to select appropriate translocation sites that ensure initial establishment and growth of Wollemi pine.
Within the translocation site, 30 locations were selected in existing canopy gaps that had a wide range of vegetation and landscape characteristics spanning across an elevation change of 42.8 m.
Microbial communities of rare plant species will be valuable for informing best translocation practice for other rare plant species.
Linear mixed models, ANOVA, pairwise Bray-Curtis dissimilarity, Mantel test
Response variable :
Edaphic characheristics, fungal and bacterial community composition in soil and roots, Wollemi pine growth (e.g. condition rankings recorded:1) alive and healthy, 2) showing disease or stress symptoms (i.e. indications of fungal pathogens or a substantial number of dead branched), 3) dead
Rigg, J. L., Offord, C. A., Zimmer, H., Anderson, I. C., Singh, B. K., & Powell, J. R. (2017). Conservation by translocation: establishment of Wollemi pine and associated microbial communities in novel environments. Plant Soil, 411, 209-225.