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A Review of Techniques for Transplantation of Turtle Grass, Thalassia testudinum

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M.S. Marine Biology

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Thalassia testudinum (Turtle Grass) is vitally important to the ecology of coastal regions in South Florida and the Caribbean. Due to its high productivity, sediment-binding ability, and frequency as a habitat for many commercially valuable species, numerous revegetation techniques have been described for restoring grassbeds damaged or destroyed by thermal effluents, dredging, and pollution. The use of plugs, sprigs, and seeds have all proved to be viable methods for the transplantation of Thalassia. Plugging produces the highest survival rate, but is also the most expensive technique. Seeding appears to be the most cost-effective method.

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