Cyanide could be key to post-bushfire regeneration

It has been found that cyanide plays a crucial role in promoting the germination of the seeds of red and green kangaroo paw.

“Cyanide is well known for its toxicity towards many organisms, and it’s known that many plants use it as a defence against herbivores but, until now, we hadn’t understood its role in plant growth and ecosystem regeneration,” Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Gavin Flematti said.

This research could aid regeneration of bushfire-affected landscapes.

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