Orobanche - Southern Africa : To collect Orobanche observations. Dear colleagues This is a call for all botanists whom appreciate the importance of improved knowledge of species of Orobanche and also of locations of multiple populations in their region, and who may be willing t
To collect Orobanche observations.
This is a call for all botanists whom appreciate the importance of improved knowledge of species of Orobanche and also of locations of multiple populations in their region, and who may be willing to make population samples to contribute to our work and/or will know others who may do the same for us.
We have attracted startup funding from the Hermon Slade Foundation that will enable us to embark on fundamental research on the systematics of Orobanche. This work aims through next generation sequencing to establish a refined and sophisticated understanding of the relationships, age and global origins of the four species and subspecies in Australia (where a new taxon has been located last year in a population in NSW) and New Zealand.
We are happy to send you a sampling kit with zip-lock bags, tea bags for sampling material from individuals in a population and silica gel, in line with the instructions included in the Word document attached.
Information on locations in map form in the word document, and for Australians and NZers in a spreadsheet.
The information provided is from an advanced manuscript almost ready for publication on the taxonomy, host range, and historical biogeography of Australian Orobanche which sets a foundation for this new investigative phase of research on the Australian and NZ species.
Dr W.R. (Bill) Barker
Honorary Research Associate
State Herbarium of South Australia
Botanic Gardens of South Australia
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources South Australian Government
Our local coordinator is:
Chief Technical Officer
DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology
Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University
Contact her if you would like to help at [email protected]