Engineering seeding mechanisms to restore the mined landscapes

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This thesis developed effective seeding mechanisms to address known failure points of precision seed placement in Pilbara mine restoration programs. A biologically informed engineering approach incorporating ecosystem service value and land use succession was first adopted. Second, a global survey of restoration practitioners identified the importance of seed burial depth and limitations of agricultural mechanisms. The optimal burial depth in rocky soils (6mm), for instance, was confirmed for Triodia grass seeds of the Pilbara. By implementing a technology-readiness-level framework two precision seeding mechanisms were developed, field validated for precision seed placement, and adopted for use in a range of mined landforms.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Guzzomi, Andrew, Supervisor
  • Erickson, Todd, Supervisor
  • Merritt, David, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date28 May 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 28/05/2021 to 07/03/2024. Made publicly available on 07/03/2024.


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