Linda M. Broadhurst

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Restoring degraded land to combat environmental degradation requires the collection of vast quantities of germplasm (seed). Sourcing this material raises questions related to provenance selection, seed quality and harvest sustainability. Restoration guidelines strongly recommend using local sources to maximize local adaptation and prevent outbreeding(More)
Western Australian sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, is widespread in the semi-arid and arid regions of Western Australia, and there is some morphological variation suggestive of two ecotypes. The level and structuring of genetic diversity within the species was investigated using anonymous nuclear RFLP loci. Santalum spicatum showed moderate levels of genetic(More)
Symbiotic relationships between legumes and nitrogen-fixing soil micro-organisms are of ecological importance in plant communities worldwide. For example, nutrient-poor Australian soils are often dominated by shrubby legumes (e.g. species of Acacia). However, relatively few studies have quantified patterns of diversity, host-specificity and effectiveness of(More)
To determine the influence of pooling strategies on detected soil bacterial communities, we sampled 45 soil cores each from a eucalypt woodland, a sown pasture and a revegetated site in an Australian landscape. We assessed the spatial variation within each land-use plot, including the influence of sampling distance, soil chemical characteristics and, where(More)
The relationship between ecological variation and microbial genetic composition is critical to understanding microbial influence on community and ecosystem function. In glasshouse trials using nine native legume species and 40 rhizobial strains, we find that bacterial rRNA phylotype accounts for 68% of amoung isolate variability in symbiotic effectiveness(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Interactions between plants and beneficial soil organisms (e.g. rhizobial bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi) are models for investigating the ecological impacts of such associations in plant communities, and the evolution and maintenance of variation in mutualisms (e.g. host specificity and the level of benefits provided). With(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Mating system is a primary determinant of the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of wild plant populations. Pollen limitation and loss of self-incompatibility genotypes can both act independently to reduce seed set and these effects are commonly observed in fragmented landscapes. This study used a simulation modelling approach to(More)
Intensive large-scale revegetation programs are a major activity in degraded landscapes. The collection and deployment of seed for revegetation is primarily based on local seed sources to preclude concerns associated with local adaptation as well as outbreeding depression in small remnant populations. For most species however, little is known about the(More)
The Banskia subgenus Isostylis complex is comprised of two rare and restricted species, B. cuneata and B. oligantha, and the widespread B. ilicifolia. Population genetic structure and genetic diversity were examined within and among the three species using 10 allozyme loci across 21 populations. Levels of genetic diversity did not appear to correspond with(More)
We developed eight new polymorphic microsatellite markers for Acacia montana, a bushy shrub from south-eastern Australia used in revegetation projects. Initially, primers were designed for 32 loci identified from 454 shotgun sequencing. Eight loci amplified successfully and were polymorphic when screened on 40 individuals, with observed heterozygosity(More)