Resolving The Molecular Phylogeny & Classification Of Australian Acacias, A Major Biodiversity Resource
Grant number: LP0347206
This collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne will resolve the phylogeny of Australia's largest group of flowering plants, the acacias, to form the basis of a new classification. With more than 960 species, Australian acacias are a major biodiversity resource yet their genetic diversity and evolutionary relationships are poorly known. We will determine the main taxonomic groups and their relationships by sequencing the DNA of more than 300 species. Acacias are of ecological importance and of use in land reclamation, horticulture, and rural craftwood industries.