Australian Angiosperm Tree of Life (AAToL) Stage 2: Request for Partnership

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 contributes to the development of new methods and capabilities. This project is aligned with and will help deliver on strategic actions identified in the decadal plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand 2018–2027.

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GAP Phylogenomics: Australian Angiosperm Tree of Life (AAToL) Stage 2 – Request for Partnership

GAP Phylogenomics has the ambitious long-term goal of resolving the Australian Angiosperm Tree of Life (AAToL) to species level. This will be achieved by supporting collaborators to accomplish their research goals that align with GAP Phylogenomics goals, and coordinating these efforts across the botanical research community. Work will proceed in three stages, as follows. Current resources allow completion of the first two stages. It is anticipated the genomic and bioinformatic resources and research capabilities built within the Australian plant research community will help leverage funding for the third stage.

Stage 1         Resolve the AAToL to genus level using one exemplar species (preferably the type) of at least 95% of accepted (APC) Australian angiosperm genera. Stage 1 data generation is complete.

Stage 2         Generate phylogenomic datasets with denser sampling of Australian species within genera to address questions of phylogenetic relationships, monophyly, evolution, and biogeography.  

Stage 3         Resolve the AAToL to species level, complete for 95% of accepted (APC) Australian angiosperm species. Stage 3 is a long-term goal that is currently unresourced.

We are now calling for Requests for Partnerships from the community for the second stage of the AAToL within the GAP phylogenomics stream.

We request a response to the questions posed in the attached Word document, no later than COB Wednesday, 30th June 2021. 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 libraries suitable for sequencing, and data analysis, are to be supported by research community co-investment.

Contact information
Darren Crayn | GAP Phylogenomics lead | 
Lalita Simpson | Research Community Project Manager |
Mabel Lum | Project Manager |