Restoration genetics: Applying population genetics to plant restoration projects at local and regional levels

A shortcourse offered under the auspices of the
Society for Conservation Biology at its
20th Annual Meeting, 24–28 June 2006
San Jose, California

Instructors: Deborah Rogers (1), Kevin Rice (2),
and P.E. McGuire (1)

(1) Genetic Resources Conservation Program, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
(2) Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis


9:00a Welcome

9:05 Introductions

9:45 Course focus: Why genetic considerations matter (Deb)

10:15 Break

10:30 Principles of population genetics—the foundation
of restoration genetics (Kevin)

11:15 Examples of impacts of gene flow, genetic drift, and
natural selection (Pat)

11:45 Measures of genetic diversity: Comparison of protein-,
fragment-, and sequence-based markers (Deb)

12:15p LUNCH

1:15 Practical issues in restoration genetics

2:00 Genetic restoration decisions: I. Collections (Deb)

2:15 Principles in practice: Applying genetic principles to
restoration projects (Moderator: Deb)
i. Roads and oil wells: How can genetic conservation principles be applied to widespread reclamation projects? (Sara Simmers, University of Minnesota)
ii. Choosing appropriate plant sources for watershed revegetation
(Janell Hillman and Linda Spahr, Santa Clara Valley Water District)

3:15 Break

3:30 iii. Restoration of native California fish species: genetic perspectives on golden trout and Sacramento perch (Molly Stephens and Rachel Schwartz, University of California, Davis)

4:00 Genetic restoration decisions: II. Genetic policies and
frameworks for decision-making (Deb)

4:30 Concluding remarks (Pat)

5:00 Course adjourns

Restoration genetics resources

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