Global Genome Initiative
INALA JURASSIC GARDEN
GONDWANA ON BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA
GGI-GGBN grant through BGCI and USBG
Global Genome Initiative (Gardens) Award
The ABC featured an article on the Inala Jurassic Garden's involvement with the Global Genome Initiative in March, 2021.
The GGI-Gardens Awards Program aims to promote partnership activities to preserve and understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity of plants. The Program provided funding to support sampling activities from living collections with unique families and genera of vascular plants not yet represented in Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) biorepositories.
We identified that Inala Jurassic Garden successfully grows just over 100 plant specimens that were not included in GGBN biorepositories in our living collection. Over the course of 2021 we collected living samples from these plants - specimens were dried, pressed, mounted on specialised paper and labeled. Additional genetic samples of each specimen were also taken, dried in silica gel and stored in perpetuity. The completed herbarium vouchers are now located in the Tasmanian Herbarium in Hobart for storage and study, and all information provided to GGBN for inclusion in their database, publicly accessible via the GGBN Online Portal.