New paper rewrites the biology of common wetland reed

A new study by the Environment Institute’s Dr Jasmin Packer has uncovered the biology of phragmites australis, a globally important plant native to the British Isles.

Phragmites are a type of wetland reed, with phragmite australis being one of the most common. The reeds are vital to wildlife and conservation as they provide a nesting site for birds and also remove pollutants from water. Despite the global significance of phragmites, there are gaps in our understanding of their biology.

Packer and a team of international researchers studied phragmites australis over two years, developing a comprehensive understanding of their biology. The research is published in the Journal of Ecology and is likely to be recognised as the authoritative information of the species.

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