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Powerful planting breeds Indigenous know-how

Powerful planting breeds Indigenous know-how | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A new program, known as Power Plants, is developing bush food and medicine gardens in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
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Climate change could shrink habitat of 90pc of eucalypts

Climate change could shrink habitat of 90pc of eucalypts | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
It may be harder to spot a mountain ash in parts of Australia's mountains or some species of mallee trees in the outback within 60 years as climate change causes the range of most eucalypt species to shrink or even disappear entirely, new research suggests.
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Paper making begins at Curtin Springs using spinifex

Paper making begins at Curtin Springs using spinifex | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Since 1956 Alice Springs cattle station, Curtin Springs, has been reinventing itself through ongoing diversification.

Back then, diversification meant offering tea, sandwiches and eventually fuel and accommodation, to travellers on their way to Uluru.

Today the station copes by also offering tours of its paper making factory and nearby salt lakes. Owner/ operators, the Severin family, have converted their old abattoir into the paper factory.

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Wollemi pine, Cretaceous survivor of Australia

Wollemi pine, Cretaceous survivor of Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A rare and endangered conifer from Australia, first discovered in 1994, has a lineage stretching back to the time of dinosaurs.
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Review: The Florilegium - Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Review: The Florilegium - Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Featuring exquisite botanical paintings from the Sydney Gardens, you can enjoy the lovely pictures, but also find plenty of words worth reading.★★★★½
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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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Eucalyptus oil could be converted to replace 10 per cent of aviation fuel

Eucalyptus oil could be converted to replace 10 per cent of aviation fuel | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Researchers look at mallee eucalypts, which grow in arid and low-rainfall areas, to provide carbon-free aviation fuel.
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Turning of the fagus

Turning of the fagus | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The story behind Tasmania’s annual turning of the fagus is as fascinating to learn about as the tree is beautiful to look at.
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Wollemi pine research gives further hope of salvation

Wollemi pine research gives further hope of salvation | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Recent research into the rare Wollemi pine, has given further hope that the species can be brought back from the edge of extinction.
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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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