Genomic research guiding the recovery of threatened flora – three case studies

Conservation genomic research by the Research Centre for Ecosystem Resilience (ReCER) has helped guide the recovery of over thirty threatened plant species. To commemorate National Threatened Species Day 2023, we kick off a new regular feature where we highlight how conservation genomic information is informing the on-ground management of threatened plants.

Genetics is helping to save plant species decimated by myrtle rust

The introduced plant disease myrtle rust affects around 350 Australian native plant species, with some on their way to becoming extinct in the wild. Genetic information is helping to guide collection of myrtle rust impacted species for safe storage in botanic gardens. One day, these living collections may help restore wild populations.

Working with plant genetics.

Sampling plant material for genetic analysis

The genetics revolution is changing the way we study nature. Millions of years of evolution has taken plant species on a fascinating journey of change and adaptation. A plant’s story is hidden in its DNA, now we have to tools to read that story.