The Conservation Biotechnology group are involved in a range of research programs with the aim of providing new, efficient and innovative ways to enhance in vitro propagation of Australian plants, provide critical micropropagation research for endangered plants and ultimately conserve endangered plants and specific plant taxa that are difficult or impossible to propagate by conventional methods. The group assists with specialised advice and assistance with in vitro propagation of rare and/or recalcitrant plant taxa on the designated lands as part of BGPA Science restoration programs.

The Propagation Science team conduct research critical to the success of off-site conservation and translocation of endangered plant species including, in vitro technology (tissue culture, micropropagation, somatic embryogenesis), cryostorage and mass production of plants for restoration/translocation projects.

The Conservation Biotechnology team enjoy close links with other researchers within the Science Directorate, leading to collaborative, integrated conservation research programs with practical outcomes for the public, community groups, other government agencies and industry. We also collaborate closely with other conservation agencies (principally Department of Parks and Wildlife) and community-based organizations (e.g., LandCare) for practical research outcomes, such as providing micropropagated plants for joint reintroduction projects to restore depleted or declining natural populations of critically endangered plant species.

Please contact Dr Eric Bunn with enquiries relating to Conservation Biotechnology.