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Forum on Provenance of Plants for Indigenous Plantings

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Mueller Hall, Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens

Birdwood Avenue

Melbourne, Vic 3000

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Are you concerned about the future of your planting programs in the face of climate change?

Are you confused about whether the concept of provenance in indigenous plantings still matters?

IFFA pioneered the concept of provenance of indigenous plants in the 1980s. The concept has been challenged recently on the basis that broadening a species’ local gene pool by mixing in plants from far afield may assist plant survival under climate change.

This forum is for anyone involved in prescribing, planning, growing, procuring or installing plants of local provenance. It will revisit the many reasons why local provenance has been favoured for indigenous plantings, and discuss the circumstances in which those motivations are trumped by the need for broadening gene pools, e.g. climate change or inbreeding.

The forum will ask is it possible to devise guidelines that take all the competing motivations into account to decide how widely we should cast our genetic net for indigenous plantings, whether they are for revegetation, enrichment planting, improving population viability, land reclamation or otherwise?

The discussion will be assisted by practical examples and presentations from leading Australian experts including: Dr Maurizio Rossetto (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney); Dr Linda Broadhurst (Aust. Natl. Herbarium); Dr Liz James (Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne); Prof Ary Hoffmann (University of Melbourne); as well as presentations from sector professionals who have overcome the difficulties that arise from adherence to local provenance, particularly regarding timely availability of stock and the risk of over-harvesting wild plants.

After the formal presentations there will be a debate on the contention: ‘That Collecting Locally is Usually Best’. Nominate yourself to be on one of the two 3-person debating teams by e-mailing president@iffa.org.au by 5 pm Friday, 21st July 2017, and stating your background and interest in the topic.

To help us establish who is in the room and what views on provenance the sector holds we are are asking all attendees to fill in the following survey before the forum - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/provenanceforum

If you’d like to further prepare yourself for the forum we would encourage you review, the FloraBank guidelines and ‘Climate-ready Revegetation’ guidelines which span the two extremes of the provenance approach.

Ticket price includes lunch!

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