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The potential of genomics for restoring ecosystems and biodiversity


Breed, MF and Harrison, PA and Blyth, C and Byrne, M and Gaget, V and Gellie, NJC and Groom, SVC and Hodgson, R and Mills, JG and Prowse, TAA and Steane, DA and Mohr, JJ, The potential of genomics for restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, Nature Reviews Genetics, 20, (10) pp. 615-628. ISSN 1471-0056 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41576-019-0152-0


Billions of hectares of natural ecosystems have been degraded through human actions. The global community has agreed on targets to halt and reverse these declines, and the restoration sector faces the important but arduous task of implementing programmes to meet these objectives. Existing and emerging genomics tools offer the potential to improve the odds of achieving these targets. These tools include population genomics that can improve seed sourcing, meta-omics that can improve assessment and monitoring of restoration outcomes, and genome editing that can generate novel genotypes for restoring challenging environments. We identify barriers to adopting these tools in a restoration context and emphasize that regulatory and ethical frameworks are required to guide their use.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecological restoration, genomics, seed sourcing, metaomics, genome editing
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Biological adaptation
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:Steane, DA (Dr Dorothy Steane)
ID Code:138616
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:90
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2020-04-19
Last Modified:2022-08-20

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