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S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources


Wildland Resources Department

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Madsen & Karin Kettenring


Alkali bulrush (Bolboschoenus maritimus) is an important plant species in Great Salt Lake (GSL) wetlands. GSL managers are interested in restoring alkali bulrush following the removal of the invasive grass Phragmites australis. However, low moisture availability may hinder alkali bulrush germination, especially in light of continuing water diversions from GSL tributaries and ongoing climate change.

Surfactant seed coatings have aided the germination of upland plant species in restoration projects by increasing the water available for seeds. However, these coatings have not been tested on wetland species. In the project, we tested the effect of a surfactant seed coating on alkali bulrush in two greenhouse experiments.

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