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, 2428 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
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Policies and guidelines pertaining to genetic
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California Native Plant Society (CNPS): The document archive at the CNPS website offers
pdf and html versions of their policies and bibliographies, several
of which contain genetic recommendations and bibliographies:
* Guidelines for landscaping to protect native vegetation from
* Policy on sowing of wildflowers;
* Policy on oak hardwoods.
California State Park and Recreation Commission. 2005. Statements
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CONPS. no date. Policy and guidelines for use of native plants.
Colorado Native Plant Society. Available online.
CONPS. 2001. Guidelines for collection of native plants for
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Has section on sampling strategy and Annex 5 has guidelines
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National Park Service Management Policies. 2001. Chapter 4 Natural Resource Management
18.104.22.168 Genetic resource management principles
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plants on federal lands: Policy and practice. Journal of Range
USDI and USDA. 2002. Interagency program to supply and manage native
plant materials for restoration and rehabilitation on federal
lands. Report to Congress, April 2002.
Wagenius, S., M. Dudash, M. Cotter, K. Holsinger, and K. Kennedy.
2006. Conservation checklist: Should you worry about genetics?
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Molecular marker glossary
Red List of Threatened Species
Fish and Wildlife Service Species listings
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program
California Native Plant Societys Inventory
of Rare and Endangered Plants
Native Plant Information Network, hosted at
the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, has a native
plant suppliers directory.
a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization
promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve
biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment
of native plant communities
Population biology Java simulations from Kent Holsinger,
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
Center for Biotechnological Information (NCBI), a National
Institutes of Health clearinghouse and databases for nucleotide
sequence information by species for genomes or fragments of genomes
(genes, ESTs, markers, etc.) as well as source of tools for sequence
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