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Integrating climate change and habitat fragmentation to identify candidate seed sources for ecological restoration


Harrison, PA and Vaillancourt, RE and Harris, RMB and Potts, BM, Integrating climate change and habitat fragmentation to identify candidate seed sources for ecological restoration, Restoration Ecology, 25, (4) pp. 524-531. ISSN 1061-2971 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Society for Ecological Restoration

DOI: doi:10.1111/rec.12488


Anthropogenic change (climate change and habitat fragmentation) is driving a growing view that local seed collections may need to be supplemented with nonlocal seed as a strategy to bolster genetic diversity and thus increase evolutionary potential of plantings. While this strategy is becoming widely promoted, empirical support is limited, and there is a lack of accessible research tools to assist in its experimental testing. We therefore provide the Provenancing Using Climate Analogues (PUCA) framework that integrates the principles of the climate-adjusted provenancing strategy with concepts from population genetics (i.e. potential inbreeding in small fragmented populations) as both a research and operational-ready tool to guide the collection of nonlocal seed. We demonstrate the application of PUCA using the Midlands of Tasmania, Australia, a region that is currently undergoing large-scale ecological restoration. We highlight multiple nonlocal seed sources for testing by identifying actual species distribution records that currently occupy environments similar to that projected to occur at the restoration site in the future. We discuss the assumptions of PUCA and the ecological considerations that need to be tested when moving nonlocal genotypes across the landscape.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, restoration ecology, assisted migration, climate analogues, climate matching, climate-adjusted provenancing, Eucalyptus, local provenancing, reforestation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Harrison, PA (Dr Peter Harrison)
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
UTAS Author:Harris, RMB (Dr Rebecca Harris)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:114953
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-03-02
Last Modified:2022-01-17

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