The Conservation Genetics team conducts innovative genetics research underpinning the conservation and restoration of Western Australia’s unique biodiversity. This is achieved through the application of modern molecular techniques for research and practical outcomes in native plant conservation, species and plant community restoration, molecular ecology, native plant breeding and phylogenetics.
Key research themes include:
- Identification and management of genetic variation for off-site conservation and reintroductions of rare plant species.
- Genetic analysis underpinning efficient native plant breeding for horticulture.
- Genetic delineation of local provenance seed collection zones for bushland restoration.
- Providing taxonomic clarification and helping to best direct conservation resources.
- Detailed analysis of mating, dispersal and genetic erosion in fragmented populations.
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