Why is genetics relevant to ecological restoration?

A pair of hands wearing blue gloves using tweezers to pull a plant specimen out of an orange envelope.

This is part 1 of a three-part series on using conservation genomics to help restore threatened ecological communities. In part 1, we start at the beginning and describe why genetics is relevant to ecological restoration.

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.