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Our unique environment is nearing the point of no return - The Canberra Times

Our unique environment is nearing the point of no return - The Canberra Times | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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Fungal threat: Secret population of Wollemi pines offers hope for ancient species' survival

Fungal threat: Secret population of Wollemi pines offers hope for ancient species' survival | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
It was the botanical equivalent of finding dinosaurs alive. Now the Wollemi pines face a new threat.
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Our Gondwanan gum trees

Our Gondwanan gum trees | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
OUR EUCALYPTS HAVE a more amazing past than anyone ever guessed. Their oldest fossils have been found on the other side of the world – in South America. Beautifully preserved gum nuts, blossoms and leaves have been unearthed in Patagonia, dating back an incredible 52 million years.
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Key to the Haemodoraceae of Western Australia

Key to the Haemodoraceae of Western Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Haemodoraceae is a largely south-west Western Australian family, although a small number of species are found in eastern and northern Australia and in tropical South, Central and North America, and in South Africa and New Guinea. This key includes all described and phrase-named (informal) taxa in Western Australia.
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An illustrated guide to Australia's gum blossoms

An illustrated guide to Australia's gum blossoms | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Colour explodes like festive fireworks from these Australian icons.
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Wollemi Pine - Global Trees

Wollemi Pine - Global Trees | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Wollemia nobilis has been named a ‘living fossil’ or a ‘dinosaur tree’ because it represents the only remaining member of an ancient genus, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. From an evolutionary line thought to be long extinct, a population of living Wollemi pines were discovered in 1994 growing in a rainforest gorge in Australia. The total population consists of about 80 mature individuals and about 300 seedlings, found only in two sites within what is now Wollemi National Park, in New South Wales.
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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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Weeds of Australia identification tool

Weeds of Australia identification tool | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Use the Weeds of Australia identification tool to work out what weeds are on your property.
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To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts

To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
What can we do to future-proof our crops? How can crop production be increased by another 44% to feed the 9.3 billion people expected to be alive in 2050? How can it be done again by 2100 to feed 12 billion?

This must be done while using the same or even less farmland and under increasingly challenging climatic conditions. This is where a knowledge of desert plants may help.
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Seedy business: Kings Park scientists working to save WA's plants

Seedy business: Kings Park scientists working to save WA's plants | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The public gardens of Kings Park in Perth might be crowded with people desperately searching for Pokemon, but in an unseen building in the north-west corner of the park researchers are involved in an intensive search of a very different kind.
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Rare wild lily gets a hand from local community group

Rare wild lily gets a hand from local community group | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A THREATENED SPECIES of wild lily endemic to Victoria and Tasmania (Dianella amoena) is getting a leg-up from a Melbourne community group, with the help of the Victorian State Government.

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Reclaiming the past to distil eucalyptus oil in Wedderburn

Reclaiming the past to distil eucalyptus oil in Wedderburn | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
One man and team of volunteers turn eucalyptus leaves into oil using methods of the 1800s in an area once famous for its oil production.
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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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