Working Group 5 - Genomic approaches in plant conservationprint
A whole new subfield of plant conservation, conservation genetics and genomics is underway. The evolution from conservation genetics to genomics is timely in elucidating the interplay between climate change and plant adaptation. Conservation genomics will lead to the identification of genomic regions that may have undergone selection and are of adaptive significance, while improving the precision of genetic and demographic inferences. New studies are emerging, nevertheless their results are being incorporated into plant conservation less frequently than expected. Such studies have important management impacts on the conservation of natural genetic variation and on rare/threatened species/populations, in light of in situprotection, selection of plant material for ex-situ conservation, assisted migration, and reintroduction/reinforcement projects. The main aims of this WG are to evaluate the potential of conservation genomics and to denote the implementation of pertinent results into practical plant conservation. The main achievements will include determining the potential of novel genomic technologies in conservation, documenting the use of genomics in conservation actions, and integrating genomics into management/conservation plans. This will be achieved by promoting genomic related approaches, i.e. evaluation of laboratory and field sampling protocols, training schools and workshops, best practice approaches/technologies, and recommendations for conservation managers focusing on genetic diversity.