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We need to stop Australia’s genetic heritage from being taken overseas

Wiley, S. (2015) We need to stop Australia’s genetic heritage from being taken overseas. The Conversation, 26 October 2015 .

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In August this year Professor Mark Chase from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, west of London, flew into Perth in Western Australia, hired a 4WD vehicle and drove north.

After clocking up 9,000km he told me he had collected seed from thousands of plants of nine species and subspecies belonging to one genus. This genetic resource is now catalogued and stored in England. He had done the same in South Australia in 2014 and plans to repeat the exercise in WA in 2016.

Let’s be clear upfront. Chase is no bio-pirate, he’s a respected professor and everything he did was perfectly legal and above board.

So what’s the problem?

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