WHEN the young Philip Clarke arrived at the South Australian Museum as a volunteer worker in 1982, it was a musty, eccentric place, with a diverse range of near-forgotten treasures packed away. The Aboriginal artefact stores were housed in the east wing basement of the main building on Adelaide’s North Terrace. Here, in the “crypt”, a dark, dusty vault smelling strongly of naphthalene, Clarke began the researches that would shape and guide his life over the next three decades.
Local gubinge (Terminalia ferdinandiana) plant cultivation may be affected by complex patent laws and loopholes in legislation, leaving Australian native plant industries behind as overseas companies snap up the rights.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the University of WA (UWA) are calling on volunteer 'citizen scientists' to help determine if the range of one of WA's most well-known flora genera—the Banksia—is contracting with climate change.
A BANKSIA found along Waterfall Way and on the eastern edge of the Northern Tablelands above the Nambucca Valley has been declared a distinct species on the back of some determined research by postgraduate student Margaret Stimpson.
Andrew Robinson, a bushland officer with the Ku-ring-gai Council, was on his first visit to a nature reserve back in 2006 when his eyes fixed on a “straggly little thing” less than a metre from the track.
Eucalyptus oil is an Australian household staple – chances are you have some in the cupboard at home. It was the first indigenous product to be exported overseas in the early years of European settlement, and has since been used for a wide variety of areas from fragrances to pharmaceuticals to industry.
Research into the germination requirements of four Banksia species (Proteaceae) endemic to the South West Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR) has found certain species may be more vulnerable to climate change than others.
Lockyer farmer Brian Curst has been able to save time, money and manpower by adapting his machinery originally used to plant watermelon seeds to planting Lomandra, a native reed, to help restore his flood damaged creek
Signs of serotiny, an ecological adaptation in which seed release occurs in response to an environmental trigger rather than spontaneously at seed maturation, has been discovered in in two species of Conospermum.
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