Thanks for the thread Craig Taylor.
I hadn't heard of the Bradshaw Ranch, but I have been to that area during the 90's (I'm not from the US) and spent some time with friends on the Navajo Reservations
I also have some personal recollections and experiences in that area - stories for another day.
But I was interested in what you mentioned about the Government/National Parks/ vested Interests acquiring the Bradshaw Ranch, so I had a look and came across a webpage from SEGA (The Southwest Experimental Garden Array) who have land use at Bradshaw Ranch for research purposes.
Its seems to be like an eco molecular genome biology fuel research project ...
There were a few things from the website that lit up for me to research more...
- genome-wide association study (GWAS)
- funded by the U.S. DOE BioSciences Energy Center
- coordinated by the Plant Molecular Biology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
I was then interested in what SEGA does overall - (https://sega.nau.edu/about)
- funded by the NSF National Science Foundation and Northern Arizona University
- The engineering and data processing technologies
- gathering, managing and analyzing both environmental and next-generation genomics data,
- opportunity to identify the populations and genotypes that can simultaneously cope with both invading species and
changing climate conditions.
- The genetics information resulting from SEGA studies will scientists to make better informed predictions of the impact of
climate change on individual genotypes, species, communities, and ecosystems, which in turn will inform land
management and restoration projects.
- data covered by the Human Subjects Act for which release is limited due to confidentiality) will be posted online and made
available to the general public, no later than two years from collection and processing.
The Human Subjects Act? So why mention that when dealing with plants ...
Am I reading too much into this? Maybe, its late - LOL
The U.S. DOE BioSciences Energy Center who funds this project have many arms in the science field - there is a link below to see what they do but much seems to be in the area of bioscience and fuels.
It really makes me wonder what they are looking to develop from their ground research from the Ranch land.
I hope some of this makes sense.
New fuels for new technology?
SEGA Bradshaw Ranch - https://sega.nau.edu/gardens/bradshaw_ranch
SEGA - https://sega.nau.edu/about
Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects - Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (WMO)
DOE BioEnergy Science Center (BESC): https://genomicscience.energy.gov/centers/besc.shtml