L. Almulla, M. K. Suleiman, N. R. Bhat, S. Jacob, M. A. Islam, R. R. Thomas
Biodiversity, conservation, desertification control, native plants, seed germination, restoration
One of the main reasons for desertification and native flora extinction in Kuwait is the anthropogenic activities including over-grazing, camping and military activities coupled with poor law enforcement. The loss of natural habitats hinders the ability of plants to self-sustain due to the lack of seed source in the soil, which consequently affects plant recovery. This, in turn, will severely affect native fauna populations and, ultimately the health and functioning of ecosystems. Executing studies on seed germination and vegetative propagation of native plants plays a significant role in their use in conservation and restoration projects. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) is making concerted efforts to standardize mass propagation techniques and seedling establishment of a number of native plants. This study focused on the seed propagation and seedling establishment of selected keystone native plants. The deliverables of this study are being used for efficient propagation and establishment techniques that are crucial for both conservation of native plants and large-scale use in restoration programs.
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L. Almulla, M. K. Suleiman, N. R. Bhat, S. Jacob, M. A. Islam, R. R. Thomas. (2017) Propagation Studies on Selected Keystone Plant Species for Use in Restoration Projects in Kuwait. International Journal of Agricultural Science, 2, 27-31