Genomics for Australian Plants

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Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth and a key resource for human well-being. Climate change can affect plant diversity as species that are unable to adapt are particularly vulnerable. Australia’s unique flora is under threat from due to varying degrees of disturbance or neglect since the first Europeans came to Australia and from climate change.

Genomic approaches offer the possibility of unlocking the enormous information in nuclear genomes for plant evolutionary and conservation studies to significantly improve conservation management decisions.

The central resource for this initiative will be derived from herbaria and botanic gardens (living collections) around the country. The addition of genome sequencing data will add significant value to the collections and contribute to the development of new methods and capabilities.


The Initiative has three key aims:

• Sequence and assemble representative Australian plant genomes across across the plant tree of life to enable better conservation, utilisation and understanding of Australia’s unique plant diversity;

• Build genomic capacity across Australian Botanic Gardens and Herbaria to create networks collaborating in the collection, management, dissemination and application of genomic data for Australian plants;

• Provide tools to enable genetic data to be used to identify and classify biodiversity at a range of scales and to use these tools to inform conservation management and enable better decision making.