Genetic Rescue of Australia's Arid Zone Plants [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Ayre Prof David J; Mr Andrew Denham

Brief description Many Australian arid zone plant species have been severely damaged by grazing, loss of pollinators and other impacts and cannot survive without urgent intervention. Some exist as small fragmented populations with too little genetic variation to reproduce or adapt to further environmental change. We propose to combine surveys of genetic (DNA) diversity and the reproductive status of populations in order to identify species that could be saved by a process of �genetic rescue�. Genetic rescue will involve experimental pollinations to produce highly fit seedlings and later transplanting of these seedlings to augment genetically deficient populations.

Funding Amount $330,000

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