New Curtin analysis has proven how a available, low cost and safe-to-use product discovered within the medication cupboard of most properties might be the important thing to raised ecological restoration practices with main advantages for the setting and agriculture.
The examine revealed that aspirin, which naturally happens within the bark of the willow tree and different vegetation, can enhance the survival of grass species necessary for ecological restoration and sustainable pasture when utilized in a seed coating.
Lead researcher Dr. Simone Pedrini from the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration in Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, mentioned salicylic acid has been used for its medicinal properties for greater than 4000 years and its fashionable artificial model, acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin, is without doubt one of the most generally used medicines on the earth.
“Our research found that aspirin can do more than just ease a headache; it can also help restore degraded land and ecosystems and establish sustainable pastures through improving plant growth and survival,” Dr. Pedrini mentioned.
“This study was performed on native perennial grasses and showed that applying very low concentrations of salicylic acid to the seed can improve plant survival and therefore its effectiveness in reaching restoration objectives.
“Salicylic acid was already known for its ability to improve stress resistance for plants such as tomatoes, making it useful for the agricultural industry, but its effect on native species and potential to aid landscape restoration was still unknown.”
Research staff member and Director of the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon mentioned salicylic acid was utilized to the seeds of the native grass species utilizing a know-how known as seed coating, perfected by Curtin University researchers, that enables seed form and dimension to be modified, bettering seeding effectivity, and can be utilized to hold development benefiting compounds.
“This is the first study to deliver aspirin via coating on native species which means the technology can be scaled up for improving restoration targets such as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to be launched on 5 June 2021,” Professor Dixon mentioned.
“Further analysis is now wanted to check salicylic acid as a coating in different wild species to enhance native plant resistance to drought, excessive temperatures, salinity, pathogens, and herbicides.
“Moreover, coating with salicylic acid in combination with other beneficial compounds should be tested on a broader array of plant species used in restoration, as their combined impact on seed germination, emergence, growth and plant establishment could improve the successful deployment of native seed onto degraded landscapes, ultimately allowing for a more efficient seed-based restoration.”
The full paper, “Seed encrusting with salicylic acid: a novel approach to improve establishment of grass species in ecological restoration” can be revealed in PLOS ONE.
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