The Genetics Sub Group of the Plant Conservation Working Group (PCWG) was set up to provide a two-way exchange of information between conservation agencies and researchers on the conservation genetics of plants and fungi.
The aim is for both conservationists and researchers to contribute towards defining and targeting appropriate uses of genetic data in conservation, and to ensure that practical outcomes for conservation are achieved.
The group consists of representatives from Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Environment and Heritage Service Ireland, the Joint Nature Conservancy Council, and the Countryside Council for Wales, along with researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew and Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh.
Ongoing activities include:
- Production of a review of genetic studies on the British flora
- Production of a non-technical summary document of concepts and terms in Conservation Genetics
- Development of conservation strategies for taxonomically complex groups