A number of factors can influence the success of translocated individuals, and the survival and persistence of existing natural populations. Genetic studies will provide an improved understanding of these and their associated risks.
Our study on the genetic diversity of B. vincentia and the B. spinulosa complex aims to:
- Define Banksia vincentia as a species, and clarify its relationship with sympatric and closely related taxa;
- Determine the level and impact of admixture and hybridisation in Banksia vincentia and its potential impact on the fitness of natural as well as translocated populations;
- Provide an understanding of the genetic health, and genetic diversity in Banksia vincentia;
- Determine kinship of seedlings, and verify identity of cutting material;
- Determine ideal material to be used in translocation.