“Ecosourcing is using native plants grown from locally sourced seed. Ecosourced plants help to preserve the ecological distinctiveness of an area, and eco-sourced plants are better able to survive in the local conditions.” ~ The Native Plant Centre

The Native Plant Centre offers the following

Reasons for Ecosourcing

The reasons why ecosourcing should be practiced when planting native plants, especially native plant revegetation and restoration planting are:

  1. To maintain genetic diversity

    Genetic diversity refers to the variability in the genetic makeup among individuals within a population. Protecting the genetic makeup of local plant populations is especially important for species such as manuka, kanuka, and kowhai that show significant regional variation throughout New Zealand.

  2. To preserve, restore or maintain species diversity

    Species diversity refers to the variety of species within a particular geographical area.

  3. To increase plant survival

    Plants of one particular species sourced from different ecological regions or localities can have distinctively different environmental tolerances. Plants grown from locally sourced seed are accustomed to the local environment therefore are more likely to survive.

By using ecosourced plants we are contributing to the biodiversity and sustainability of our local wild plant communities.”


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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