Broadhurst_Community enthusiasm for science - the Yellow Box example

Broadhurst_Community enthusiasm for science - the Yellow Box example

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Atlas of Living Australia

August 05, 2013
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  1. Linda Broadhurst June 2013 CANBR/CSIRO PI Community enthusiasm for science

    - the Yellow Box example
  2. Background • Substantial changes to vegetation abundance and distribution •

    Impacting on the availability and quality of seed being produced • Loss of genetic diversity – Low seed set – Poor quality seedlings Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 2 | 10 20 30 0 10 20 10 20 30 0 10 20
  3. Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) • Iconic and valuable tree –

    biodiversity and agricultural benefits • Shade, shelter, honey • Habitat, landscape connectivity, Regent Honey Eater • Broad geographic distribution • Highly fragmented – EEC Commonwealth, NSW and ACT • Large environmental envelope – seed sourcing issues • Important revegetation species on western slopes and southern tablelands of NSW • Scattered trees – valuable sources genetic diversity • Poor genetic diversity restored populations 3 | CSIRO | Linda Broadhurst Bindi Vanzella
  4. Why community science? • Community (rural) remains engaged with their

    biodiversity • Despite discouragement – funding (long term), NRM staff turnover, lack/too much information, etc. • Engaged with Yellow Box • Distribution – too large, too expensive and too long within 12-24 month project timeframe • How? • Find participants willing sample populations – big trees, difficult to sample • EOI Call for participation – provide GPS co-ordinates, no. plants, experience, etc – CSIRO Facebook, Twitter – GACR, Beekeeper and NRM Networks Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 4 |
  5. Community response Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 5 |

    0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Dec 2011 Jan 2012 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan 2013 >70 respondents Australia-wide EOI call Network? Ongoing interest
  6. Interest in project widely distributed Well outside natural range

  7. Broadly distributed across species natural range

  8. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 8 | Broadly distributed

    across species natural range Sites synthesised to find most appropriate locations
  9. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 9 | Broadly distributed

    across species natural range Sites synthesised to find most appropriate locations • 30 kits Jan-Jun 2012 • 30 kits Jul-Mar 2013
  10. Collection kits Seed Specimen Instructions/ Collection details Leaves

  11. Communicating with participants Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 11

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  12. Information repository Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 12 |

    • Date collected • Remnant/Paddock tree/Both • ~Pop size • ~Size of remnant • Associated eucalypt species • Other observations
  13. Information retrieval Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 13 |

  14. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 14 | Broadly distributed

    across species natural range Sites synthesised to find most appropriate locations • 30 kits Jan-Jun 2012 • 30 kits Jul-Mar 2013 37 kits returned + 3 unable to participate (miss identification, illness)
  15. • 865 leaf samples from 37 populations processed and genotyped

    • 8 microsatellite markers – 7 useable • 96% genotypes recovered • Data being analysed but early results indicate publishable – Genetic diversity and genetic structure – Conservation and restoration Project success Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 15 |
  16. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 16 |

  17. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 17 | No. alleles

    Heterozygosity
  18. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 18 | No. alleles

    Heterozygosity
  19. Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 19 | A B

    C D G H J2 K2 N1 N2 P T1 T2 T3 U V W1 W2 W3 I2 10 11 13 14 16 17 19 2 20 21 24 3 5 7 1 Coord. 2 (21.5%) Coord. 1 (27.3%)
  20. • Valuable germplasm • Adults only assessed to date, seed

    some populations still available • ARC Linkage ANU/DEC WA – Two species, two biomes • Growth trials Future Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 20 | Bindi Vanzella
  21. • Legacy of project for participants • Access to –

    Project updates – Information these sites – Information Yellow Box more generally • Expansion – Monitor flowering (climate change) – Capture Yellow Box “stories” – oral histories Role of ALA Genetics and restoration | Linda Broadhurst 21 | Bindi Vanzella
  22. CANBR/CBA/CSIRO Thank you Dr Linda Broadhurst Research Scientist t +61

    2 6246 4988 E Linda.Broadhurst@csiro.au w www.csiro.au/lorem Lan Li (CPI) Natalia Bateman (CPI Comms) Bindi Vanzella (GACR) Peter Brenton (ALA) Andrew Young (CANBR) Andy Sheppard (BRABA)