Restore and Renew

A user friendly system for ‘evolutionary-informed’ ecological restoration.

Screenshot of the Restore and Renew application

The new web resource, Restore & Renew, will act as a portal for scientists and the public to share information and see genetic sampling results overlaid onto a detailed map of NSW. The new resource is under construction and will include interactive mapping using BioNet, OEH’s plant and animal database.

Led by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, this ambitious new project aims to equip land managers and restoration practitioners with genetic, environmental and ecological information that has previously been missing from their tool kits.

Restore & Renew has the potential to save time and money by increasing the chances that a newly planted area is genetically suitable and likely to flourish over time.

Restore & Renew will capture genetic profiles using leaf collections from 30-50 populations of over 250 plant species commonly used in bush regeneration. The genetic profiles (obtained via high throughput genomic analyses), distribution and environmental requirements of each species are analysed, collated and mapped along with current and future climate models to inform recommendations for ideal plantings and seed sourcing.

Genetic diversity is fundamental to a species or ecosystem’s ability to adapt to changing conditions in the long term. The genetic information gained from Restore & Renewwill remove much of the generalisation and guess work from revegetation work, helping to create new populations that are self-sustaining and resilient. As our information resource grows, the Restore & Renew project will also be able to support biodiversity management goals across NSW and the system replicated worldwide.

The project was officially launched in April 2017 and the first stages of Restore & Renew have begun. You can learn more at the Royal Botanic Garden Restore & Renew web page