EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel [Note: Restoration scientists and practitioners are always talking about the plants and methods they are using to initiate populations. A recent posting to the Editorial Office was received wanting, we suppose, respect for a seed. It is reprinted here.] To the Restorationist: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DON'T YOU KNOW? 'm hauled and slung around like I was inert, some small pebble! I'm alive; I'm complex; I have needs; I want a future. Look at me, Buster! Do you know what I've gone through to be ready for planting? Even getting fertilized and maturing were terrors. So if plant populations are restored with no thought to the availability of required pollinators and their breeding and feeding niches, you know how many flowers in the fields never get visited? It's a pollination desert out there. As if some green leaves and pretty posies will create a sustainable population without our beloved mutualists, and that's just the beginning! Growing up on the maternal plant is the next horror. A huge number of seed herbivores are the norm. Where's the availability of parasitoids or other trophic specialists that attack my enemies on restored lands? I'm on my own
Ecological Restoration – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Nov 5, 2011
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