Native plants and forestry
CSIRO uses traditional and molecular methods to better understand the variety and needs of Australia's native plants. We are also breeding and conserving Australian tree species for restoration of degraded environments and to help ensure global wood security.
29 June 2010 | Updated 27 April 2012
Native plants diversity
CSIRO's research helps to accurately classify native plants and understand their evolutionary history which is essential to maintain Australia's unique plant diversity.
Classifying native plants
Characterising and understanding diversity in the groups, distribution and relationships of Australian plants is essential to conserve and manage biodiversity.
Having a reliable system to identify plants is important so that we can better:
CSIRO's research provides the latest, and sometimes only, revisions of the classification for many Australian plants.
Using information from both traditional and modern techniques, these revisions help us predict how plant relationships may have evolved.
We are clarifying relationships between plant groups by determining their boundaries and determining where plants belong in the classification system.
This research allows us to better understand, and therefore better manage and conserve, Australia's unique biodiversity.
To understand how we can best manage and sustain our use of Australia's native biodiversity, it is critical that we understand
By better understanding evolution, we can:
identify and use native relatives of Australian crops with useful agronomic traits
manage catchment systems
monitor the effects of introduced species
rehabilitate the Australian landscape with native plants.
Interactive plant identification keys
Using the expertise gained through taxonomic and phylogenetic research, CSIRO has produced interactive computer-based keys to identify several groups of Australian plants.
These keys are designed for use by:
Currently available are:
We are also developing other keys including a key for:
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