Students and staff from SINNG have had a very busy year carrying out valuable research which has been presented at both regional and international conferences.
Nicola Morris presented her research and that of students Vicky Palmer and Rhiann Mitchell-Holland at the State of the World’s Plants Symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Their work received a lot of interest from delegates from around the world. Rhiann joined Nicola and Dr Peter McGregor, Project Development Manager at Cornwall College, at the South West Invasive Species Forum held at Roadford Lake in Devon. The event, organised by Kate Hills at South West Water, brought together stakeholders from across the South West all working to control the spread of invasive species.
Rhiann’s project looking at oxygenating abilities of both native and invasive pond plants may prove to be vital in the struggle to keep invasive plants at bay especially with the recent announcement of the list of invasive species of European concern. The results of her work show that the native plant used in the experiment was a far better oxygenator than it’s invasive counterpart This should help to inform us better when it comes to our choices of pond plant. Gemma Meyrick also had her research presented. Her project looked at fragment regeneration of the pond plant parrot’s feather and SINNG will be adapting our management protocol as a result of her work. Well done to all who have carried out invasives research. Along with Nicola’s poster the three posters were also presented at the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat Stakeholder Forum in York.