is the process of replanting and rebuilding the soil
of disturbed land. This may be a natural process produced by plant
colonization and succession
, or an artificial (manmade), accelerated process designed to repair damage to a landscape
due to wildfire
, or other cause. Originally the process was simply one of applying seed
to disturbed lands, usually grasses
. The fibrous root
network of grasses is useful for short-term erosion control, particularly on sloping ground. Establishing long-term plant communities requires the establishment of woody plants
may involve soil amendment, replacement, or creation, particularly for areas that have been strip mined
or suffered severe erosion
or soil compaction
, symbiotic fungal
-plant communities, are important to the success of revegetation efforts. Most woody plant species need these root-fungi communities to thrive, and nursery or greenhouse
transplants may not have sufficient or correct mycorrhizae for good survival. Regional differences in ectomycorrhizal fungi may also affect the success of revegetation.
- "Revegetation in Alaska: Usibelli, seeds & topsoil, and mycorrhizae," Dot Helm. 4-15.
- Broadhurst LM, et al. (2008) Seed supply for broadscale restoration: maximizing evolutionary potential. Evolutionary Applications 1(4):587-597.