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Wollemi Pine research - search for genetic variation
An unexpected biological finding in the Wollemi Pine, has been a lack of detectable genetic variation.
An extended search for genetic variation has been undertaken at the Australian National University, funded by the Friends of The Gardens and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
If genetic variation is found, laboratory assays could be developed to study the variation. While so far no detectable variation has been found, work is continuing using alternate methods. Perhaps the Wollemi Pine has lost its variation over a long time but retained its ‘good genes’.
This knowledge improves our understanding of the species biology, evolution and horticultural potential.
Dr Rod Peakall (Australian National University, Division of Botany & Zoology)
Dr Cathy Offord and Patricia Meagher (the Australian Botanic Garden)
Leon Scott (University of Queensland, Centre for Identification and Diagnostics)