Native Plant Science Forum - 6 May 2014, held at the Murray Bridge Golf Club South Australia.
Presentation 1 – Part 1 of 2 - Dr. Linda Broadhurst – Research Scientist- CSIRO Plant Industry
Improving the past, present and future of Australian restoration – the role of genetics. Restoration in the Australian landscape- Understanding provenance and genetic diversity
Linda will examine some of the major genetic issues underpinning selecting seed for restoration, review our track record in restoring genetic diversity and discuss how we might use this information to improve restoration. Of major importance in the rebuilding of Australia’s degraded vegetation is ensuring that these have the adaptive capacity to cope with the major environmental challenges expected over the coming decades. Linda’s research reveals that small plant populations which often characterise highly fragmented landscapes often suffer from inbreeding effects that limit both the quality and quantity of seed available for restoration.
This event was jointly organised by the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association (GWLAP), Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan (CTLAP) and Coorong District Council. With funding for this event from Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan, Coorong District Council and through the Community Revegetation Project which is part of the South Australian Government's Murray Futures Program, funded by the Australian Government.
The Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning (GWLAP) Association is a not for profit (NFP), non-government organisation established and incorporated in 1998.
We work closely with the local community to protect and restore biodiversity and sustainably manage natural resources, so as to create an environment where human activity and natural ecosystems can sustainably co-exist.
The Goolwa to Wellington LAP area is situated in the south-west corner of the Murray Darling Basin and covers approximately 265,000 ha. Included in this area are the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges catchments of the Bremer, Angas and Finniss Rivers along with the Tookayerta and Currency Creeks, Lake Alexandrina and the River Murray Mouth.
The Goolwa to Wellington LAP offices are located at the Strathalbyn Natural Resource Centre in Strathalbyn and at the Lakes Hub in Milang, South Australia.