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Australian Native Plants | Gardening Australia Guide

Australian Native Plants | Gardening Australia Guide | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Bring your garden to life with native Australian plants. We show you how to incorporate Australian native plants into your garden.
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Wollemi Pine Conservation Program

Wollemi Pine Conservation Program | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Project aims:

* Understanding how this species grows in the wild and in cultivation

* Investigating germination requirements and seedbanking potential

* Banking seeds that can be conserved by seedbanking and developing alternative conservation measures

* Providing plants for display, interpretation and reintroduction

* Passing on lessons learned to the wider community

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Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines

Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal people have relied on natural remedies to treat a variety of illnesses, and thankfully, many of those remedies are still being used today.

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Indigenous rangers farming spinifex to create 'super condoms'

Indigenous rangers farming spinifex to create 'super condoms' | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Queensland have partnered with Aboriginal rangers at Camooweal near the Queensland-Northern Territory border to farm spinifex grass for the commercial manufacture of the world's strongest, thinnest condoms.
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Eremophilas; the desert lovers

Eremophilas; the desert lovers | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Eremophila is a large genus of woody shrubs (and a few small trees) found solely in Australia; the only New Zealand species, the prostrate E. debilis, appears to have been introduced from eastern Australia. There are over 220 named species, with at least another 40 awaiting description. Some have small distributions, most live in remote areas.
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WA beekeepers rejoice in full karri forest bloom

WA beekeepers rejoice in full karri forest bloom | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A forest of giant karri trees near Pemberton in Western Australia's South West is blooming in a way that has not been seen in nearly 50 years and it has beekeepers rejoicing.
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Indigenous medicine – a fusion of ritual and remedy

Indigenous medicine – a fusion of ritual and remedy | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Indigenous Australian practices, honed over thousands of years, weave science with storytelling. In this Indigenous science series, we look at different aspects of First Australians' traditional life and uncover the knowledge behind them. In this installment, we examine some medicinal plants and ceremonies.

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Myrtle rust 'has potential to cause regional extinction of iconic animals'

Myrtle rust 'has potential to cause regional extinction of iconic animals' | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
There are calls for a national plan to fight the fugal disease myrtle rust, which is destroying native trees and, experts say, has the potential to cause regional extinction of iconic Australian animals.
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Amazing greys

Amazing greys | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Anyone reading this would agree gardeners have a better insight than most into changing weather patterns. The hot days seem hotter, the cold days colder.
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Big Bad Banksias Standing up to Climate Change

Big Bad Banksias Standing up to Climate Change | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Banksia plants are Australian emblems, famous for their colourful flowers and dark, knobbly seed pods — the inspiration of May Gibbs’ big bad banksia men. Just like those banksia men, unerringly creepy after all those decades, their real-life counterparts may be just as resilient to the impacts of climate change.
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Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW

Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia has a pretty poor record when it comes to animals lost to extinction. For plants, it's worse – and the losses could come at a cost.
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Snottygobble hacks up propagation mystery

Snottygobble hacks up propagation mystery | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
LOCAL researchers have unravelled the germination secrets of WA’s strangely-named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.), thereby opening the door for the species to help rehabilitate WA’s landscape.
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The Florilegium

The Florilegium | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc was formed to create a florilegium, a collection of contemporary botanical paintings of some of the most significant plants in the living collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

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'Botanist puppies' detect weeds threatening Kosciuszko National Park

'Botanist puppies' detect weeds threatening Kosciuszko National Park | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Sniffer dogs successfully detect a noxious weed threatening the environment in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Get the Lowdown

Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Get the Lowdown | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Angus profiles a number of native ground-covering plants that bind the soil, smother weeds and attract local wildlife.
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Death of a landscape: why have thousands of trees dropped dead in New South Wales?

Death of a landscape: why have thousands of trees dropped dead in New South Wales? | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
2,000 square km of forest have dropped dead in New South Wales, indicating big changes to the environment.
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Banksia restoration near Perth vital to safeguarding bird populations

Banksia restoration near Perth vital to safeguarding bird populations | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
While some Perth residents spent the last summer by the pool or beach, Alison Ritchie was staring at trees, in an effort to study the relationship between native plants and birds.
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Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden marks 200th year

Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden marks 200th year | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A $17 million centre with the largest living green wall in the southern hemisphere opens at the Royal Botanic Garden as part of celebrations of its bicentenary.
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Evolutionary potential and adaptation of Banksia attenuata (Proteaceae) to climate and fire regime in southwestern Australia, a global biodiversity hotspot

Substantial climate changes are evident across Australia, with declining rainfall and rising temperature in conjunction with frequent fires. Considerable species loss and range contractions have been predicted; however, our understanding of how genetic variation may promote adaptation in response to climate change remains uncertain.

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Do Hybrid Trees Inherit Invasive Characteristics?

Tree invasions have substantial impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and trees that are dispersed by animals are more likely to become invasive. In addition, hybridisation between plants is well documented as a source of new weeds, as hybrids gain new characteristics that allow them to become invasive. Corymbia torelliana is an invasive tree with an unusual animal dispersal mechanism: seed dispersal by stingless bees, that hybridizes readily with other species. We examined hybrids between C. torelliana and C. citriodora subsp. citriodora to determine whether hybrids have inherited the seed dispersal characteristics of C. torelliana that allow bee dispersal.
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Indigenous custodians call for protections on native foods as bush tucker dining trends

Indigenous custodians call for protections on native foods as bush tucker dining trends | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Rayleen Brown was perturbed that Aboriginal women who scour the desert for days in search of bush tomatoes were paid a pittance for their gruelling work.

The desert fruit has nourished Indigenous people for millennia – raw, dried or rolled into tangy, sticky balls.

But as chefs and artisan producers cottoned on to the beauty of bush foods and the industry took off, the women who picked bush tomatoes were not seeing the benefits.
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Bush tucker pioneer wants Alice Springs to be the native food capital of Australia

Bush tucker pioneer wants Alice Springs to be the native food capital of Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A pioneer of the modern Central Australian bush tucker industry is excited about a recently announced government investment in the sector.

The Northern Territory Government said it would provide: "$500,000 for a bush tucker industry research and development study to establish a national industry hub based in Alice Springs".

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Efficiency prevails - why wattles rule

Efficiency prevails - why wattles rule | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Research led by the University of Sydney has revealed a group of woody plants that include Australia's iconic wattle tree behave differently to other plants.
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Citizen scientists to help find rare plant

Citizen scientists to help find rare plant | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists in Western Australia's South West are being asked to help search for one of the world's rarest plants.

The Banksia prionophylla plant is a small spiky banksia that grows to about 60cm tall and has tough, upright leaves.

There is only one population of 100 plants known to exist worldwide.
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Bush Foods - Food Investigators on SBS

Bush Foods - Food Investigators on SBS | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
For thousands of years Australia’s aborigines thrived on the country’s wide variety of flora and fauna. Their diet included lillipilli, kangaroo apples and bush tomatoes – foods which few of today’s Australians are likely to have heard of let alone tasted.
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Tasmania's bushfires: a human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra's temples

Tasmania's bushfires: a human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra's temples | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
As 1,000-year-old trees turn to ash and dried-out peat bogs burn, the devastation of these precious plains is a harbinger of a warmer, far less wonderful world
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