Growing Australian natives as a commercial crop can restore balance in the ecosystem, and new research shows which parts of the country have the best potential.
Researchers from James Cook University have taken 170 native foods and mapped the country’s entire landscape to show where they will grow best, depending on climate and soil type.
Among the hotspots is the Great Barrier Reef catchment area, which shows promise for some of the most in-demand varieties, including lemon myrtle, native plums and bush tomatoes.
Including more natives in Australia’s agriculture mix can restore balance in the coastal ecosystems by reducing runoff, improving soil health and supporting biodiversity, research author Adam Canning said….
Source: The Epoch Times
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