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Palaeolimnological study on decline of rare macrophyte

Isobel awarded BSBI grant for study on the decline of the Slender Naiad

Palaeolimnological study on decline of rare macrophyte

Isobel Bishop, a first year PhD student, has been awarded a £1000 research grant from the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) towards her work on the conservation of the rare aquatic macrophyte Najas flexilis (Slender Naiad).

 

N. flexilis is protected under the European Habitats Directive (1992), and the British Isles is its main European stronghold. Evidence suggests that the plant’s distribution within the UK is under threat from eutrophication and invasive species, and it is believed to have become extinct in at least four lakes over the last century.

 

The project aims to determine the relationship between N. flexilis plants and the N. flexilis seedbank, so that a successful strategy can be developed for surveying and mapping the plant’s distribution. This will inform future palaeolimnological work to determine the timing and reasons behind the decline of N. flexilis in the British Isles.


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Najas flexilis (Source: Mohlenbrock, 1995)


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