Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150103414 [ 2015-04-01 - 2021-10-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Martin Breed (Chief Investigator) Prof Andrew Lowe (Chief Investigator) Dr Margaret Byrne (Partner Investigator) Dr John Stephen (Partner Investigator) Dr Giovanni Vendramin (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Understanding adaptation to improve conservation of Australian flora. Using the Australian flora as our model, this project aims to tackle a central issue of evolution and conservation - what drives species adaptation? Since dispersal should override selection in populations, we predict that plants that are good dispersers will display weak signals of adaptation, but a higher capacity to adapt, than poorer dispersers. From these expectations we plan to develop a new adaptation guild classification, and test predictions using ecological genomics and functional genetics at a continental and multi-species scale. In addition to progressing a central tenet of evolutionary biology, this project aims to improve seed sourcing and biodiversity management, readily applicable to plants that can be quickly classified by life history traits.

Funding Amount $373,300

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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