The sugarcane industry is a backbone of the Wet Tropics rural economy but the industry operates close to two World Heritage Areas including the Great Barrier Reef.
Podcast: Dugongs, Turtles and Seagrass
SEASON 5 | EPISODE 4
Dugong and turtle poo has revealed information about their role in supporting seagrass meadows
Did you know that seagrass is the only plant in the world that is capable of fruiting and flowering underwater? This is just one of many fascinating facts shared by Dr. Samantha Tol in this week’s Reef & Rivers podcast. Samantha is a researcher at JCU and well known in the marine science world for her research into dugong and sea turtle poo. Her findings confirmed that dugongs and turtles are like the cassowaries of the ocean – by consuming seeds they increase the seeds viability and disperse them over a wider area.