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Plant conservation and biodiversity

CSIRO is committed to protecting and enhancing Australia’s unique biodiversity and helping combat environmental problems such as dryland salinity.

  • 22 March 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011

What we do

CSIRO has significant expertise in plant biodiversity and conservation research to help:

  • maintain and protect Australia’s unique biodiversity
  • increase the efficiency of revegetation programs
  • develop better management guidelines for remnant vegetation
  • manage exotic plant invasions.

Our facilities

CSIRO has extensive laboratories equipped for molecular plant analyses and environment-controlled glasshouses and cold frames for growing plants, which support scientists working on:

  • evolutionary biology
  • conservation of threatened species and communities
  • mapping current and past ecological and geographic distribution of plants to held with land management
  • genetic resources of native plants with the potential to enhance domestic crops
  • invasion biology and weed ecology.
    CSIRO is committed to protecting and maintaining Australia’s unique biodiversity.

How we use it

CSIRO research supports successful revegetation projects by:

  • investigating the importance of plant-soil microbe interactions to the establishment and survival of revegetation species
  • exploring the genetic issues surrounding seed provenances to help revegetation practitioners more effectively source the appropriate seed for planting projects.

We also contribute to developing management guidelines to improve the viability of remnant vegetation, which is important to the survival of Australia’s threatened species.

Invasive plants and the susceptibility of Australian plant communities is another research focus helping both revegetation efforts and remnant management.

CSIRO is also undertaking risk assessment studies to investigate potential impacts GM plants may have on their environment.

Much of this work is aimed at effective integration of conservation and agricultural production outcomes in rural Australia.

Who else is involved

CSIRO works with Landcare groups, Catchment Management Authorities and research organisations including universities and government departments, as well as directly with landholders

We are a partner in the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, a joint venture with the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, which undertakes scientific research on conservation, management and sustainable use of the Australian flora.

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