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Did you know that the Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides) plants in our current project have been studied by the ReCER team to understand their genetic diversity? This allows us to check whether the ex situ populations adequately capture the diversity present in the wild populations – and the good news is that they do! The same process will soon begin for germplasm sampled in QLD populations. Using genetic information also helps us send each partner garden a set of plants that is unrelated and genetically diverse, so these precious plants have a good chance of producing seeds, which can be collected for future research or management activities.

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government.