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Embedding genetics experiments in restoration to guide plant choice for a degraded landscape with a changing climate


Bailey, TG and Harrison, PA and Davidson, NJ and Weller-Wong, A and Tilyard, P and Steane, DA and Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM, Embedding genetics experiments in restoration to guide plant choice for a degraded landscape with a changing climate, Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 92-105. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/emr.12474


We overview an array of common garden genetics trials established across multiple sites and embedded in restoration plantings in the harsh, modified Midlands region of the island of Tasmania, Australia. The steps in establishing the common gardens, the diversity of experimental designs employed and their objectives are described. These trials provide a long-term framework to test species choices and provenancing strategies, as well as enhance our understanding of adaptive genetic variation within key eucalypt species used for ecological restoration. Early results signal genetic-based differences in early-age performance, and we showcase the multiple benefits of integrating research infrastructure into restoration plantings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, provenancing, common garden field trials, Eucalyptus, translocations, transfer functions, herbivory
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:Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Bailey, TG (Dr Tanya Bailey)
UTAS Author:Harrison, PA (Dr Peter Harrison)
UTAS Author:Davidson, NJ (Dr Neil Davidson)
UTAS Author:Weller-Wong, A (Mr Akira Weller-Wong)
UTAS Author:Tilyard, P (Mr Paul Tilyard)
UTAS Author:Steane, DA (Dr Dorothy Steane)
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:148346
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (IC150100004)
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2022-01-02
Last Modified:2022-04-07

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