ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk

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Monday, 6 February 2017 - 10:30am

Genetics guiding ecological offset work: the example of Rutidosis lanata

Dr Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn,
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research

Monday 6th February, 2017 at 10.30 am in the ANBG Theatrette

Resource development projects often involve ecological offset work, meaning that new populations of rare or threatened plants are created to offset those that are affected by the development. To produce long-term viable offset populations, it is crucial to have a good understanding of the biology of the managed species, but little is still known about many native Australian species. Alexander will talk about recently finished work on the southern Queensland endemic Rutidosis lanata, a perennial button daisy. The project examined its breeding system and genetics to produce science-based guidelines for seed sourcing to maximise the reproductive success of newly-created populations.