The way forward

To make headway on this subject in New Zealand we need to:

  • Develop a better understanding about the extent of genetic mixing within and between plant populations. Chrissen Gemmill will deal with some aspects of this in her paper.
  • Decide why and where the maintenance of genetic integrity is important. Philip Simpson’s paper will assist our thinking here.
  • Consider how the selection and development of native plant provenances for productive purposes can be achieved without compromising the future resilience of natural plant populations. Heidi Dungey address this in her paper.
  • Develop a set of practical and well founded guidelines for ecosourcing/seed collection. This is a challenge for Tanes Tree Trust over the next year.