Reference Genomes Request for Partnership 2022

Background and Aims
The Genomics for Australian Plants Initiative (GAP) was catalysed by Bioplatforms Australia in partnership with researchers from the Australian State and National Herbaria and Botanic Gardens. This nationally-inclusive and collaborative initiative is supported by Bioplatforms Australia (enabled by NCRIS), the Ian Potter Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation (Victoria), Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, CSIRO, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia.

The central resource for this initiative is derived from herbaria and botanic gardens (living collections) around the country. The addition of genome sequencing data adds significant value to the collections and contribute to the development of new methods and capabilities. This project is aligned with and will help deliver on strategic actions identified in the “Discovering biodiversity: a decadal plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand 2018–2027”.

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GAP Reference Genomes – Request for Partnership 2022
In the first stream of activity, the Genomics for Australian Plants Initiative aims to sequence and assemble the genomes of representative Australian plant taxa. The GAP initiative has learnt a lot from the three pilot projects that were initiated in Dec 2018 and from Stage 2 projects initiated in 2020. The lessons learnt formed the basis for this Request for Partnership. We are now calling for suggestions from the community for candidate species to be considered within this reference genomes stream.

We request a response to the questions posed to the attached Word document, no later than COB Monday, 4th July 2022. Please email your completed responses to Mabel Lum

It should be noted that this is NOT a grant opportunity. The sequencing will be undertaken by Bioplatforms Australia genomics facilities through their Framework Initiative strategic investments (, while the provision of DNA suitable for sequencing and data assembly is to be supported by research community co-investment. 

Contact information
David Cantrill | Project information |
Mabel Lum | Project Manager |