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Priority actions to improve provenance decision-making


Breed, MF and Harrison, PA and Bischoff, A and Durruty, P and Gellie, NJC and Gonzales, EK and Havens, K and Karmann, M and Kilkenny, FF and Krauss, SL and Lowe, AJ and Marques, P and Nevill, PG and Vitt, PL and Bucharova, A, Priority actions to improve provenance decision-making, BioScience, 68, (7) pp. 510-516. ISSN 0006-3568 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/biosci/biy050


Selecting the geographic origin-the provenance-of seed is a key decision in restoration. The last decade has seen a vigorous debate on whether to use local or nonlocal seed. The use of local seed has been the preferred approach because it is expected to maintain local adaptation and avoid deleterious population effects (e.g., maladaptation and outbreeding depression). However, the impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change on plant populations have driven the debate on whether the local-is-best standard needs changing. This debate has largely been theoretical in nature, which hampers provenance decision-making. Here, we detail cross-sector priority actions to improve provenance decision-making, including embedding provenance trials into restoration projects; developing dynamic, evidence-based provenance policies; and establishing stronger research–practitioner collaborations to facilitate the adoption of research outcomes. We discuss how to tackle these priority actions in order to help satisfy the restoration sector’s requirement for appropriately provenanced seed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:assisted migration, ecological restoration, local adaptation, restoration genetics
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Harrison, PA (Dr Peter Harrison)
ID Code:126867
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2018-06-29
Last Modified:2019-03-26

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