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Saving seagrass from climate change

Climate change is driving profound changes in our natural ecosystems. Our research continues to be conducted in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shark Bay (Gathaagudu), where marine heat waves and extreme tidal events are impacting survival and sexual reproduction in Posidonia. This project will test whether enhancing genetic connectivity in range edge seagrass populations increases their resilience to climate change. We suggest that such a ‘genetic rescue’ approach will provide a novel and practical solution for seagrass conservation and restoration in changing environmental conditions. 

Meet the World's largest plant

Prof. Gary Kendrick, UWA

Dr Martin Breed, Flinders University

Dr Siegy Krauss, Kings Park Science, DBCA

Dr Elizabeth Sinclair, UWA


Edgeloe JM, Severn-Ellis AA, Bayer PE, Mehravi S, Breed MF, Krauss SL, Batley J, Kendrick GA, Sinclair EA (2022) Extensive polyploid clonality was a successful strategy for seagrass to expand into a newly submerged environment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289 (1976): 20220538

Kendrick GA, Orth RJ, Sinclair EA, Statton J (2022) Effect of climate change on regeneration of seagrasses from seed. In: Baskan CC and Baskan JM (eds) Plant regeneration from seeds: a global warming perspective. Chapter 20, pp 275-283

Pfeifer L, van Erven G, Sinclair EA, Duarte CM, Kabel MA, Classen B (2022) Profiling the cell walls of seagrasses from A (Amphibolis) to Z (Zostera). BMC Plant Biology 22: 63 

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