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Invasive Pests, Or Tiny Biological Terrorists?

Long before the era of post-Sept. 11 security precautions in the U.S., an unknown person or group of people may have begun carrying out a series of bioterrorism attacks in California.

 

The target? Menthol-scented eucalyptus trees......If his theory is correct, then somebody out there wants those trees dead.

 

 

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88-year-old university graduate Ena Middleton knows native plants

88-year-old university graduate Ena Middleton knows native plants | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
ENA Middleton is not easily discouraged by life’s hurdles.
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Correa: the Australian fuchsia

Correa: the Australian fuchsia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Once the darling of conservatories in eighteenth century Britain, correas have since fallen out of favour. Rare plant expert Robbie Blackhall-Miles wants to start a revival
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West Australian 'Christmas tree' blooms in Cranbourne

West Australian 'Christmas tree' blooms in Cranbourne | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The glorious Western Australian "Christmas tree" is - miraculously - blooming in Cranbourne.
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Tasmania's giant ash trees may be world's tallest

Tasmania's giant ash trees may be world's tallest | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
In the southern hemisphere grow trees that may be secret record-breakers
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Wildflowers provide seeds for the future

Wildflowers provide seeds for the future | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Seed from about 1,000 native wildflowers and grasses harvested for revegetation projects in Werribee program.
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Old ways are new again: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by fire

Old ways are new again: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by fire | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Scientists working together with indigenous land-managers have reduced Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by half a million tonnes.
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Citrus delights from the bush

Citrus delights from the bush | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
I AM always on the search for interesting and unusual plants to add to my backyard food garden.
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Drought and fire threaten WA's famous spring wildflowers

Drought and fire threaten WA's famous spring wildflowers | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Spring has sprung. This time of year is peak wildflower season in the area around Perth, and the display is a major tourism draw card. People flock to places like Lesueur National Park and the Eneabba…
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Secrets of the Eucalypt - a National Science Week event

Discover the secret life of Eucalypts and the science behind our most iconic trees with John Arnott, Manager of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cra...
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Walcott garden earns stamp of approval

Walcott garden earns stamp of approval | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Rosalind and Benjamin Walcott's Red Hill property is a native wonderland that has starred in Open Gardens Australia and will now feature on stamps.
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History of the River Red Gum

History of the River Red Gum | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: Ecology and History of the River Red Gum by Matthew Colloff explores the cultural importance of one of Australia’s most iconic trees, the river red gum. Central to the book is an exploration of our cultural, scientific and spiritual connections with Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Author Matthew Colloff talks to ECOS writer, Beth Askham.

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Herbarium a treasure trove for scholars

Herbarium a treasure trove for scholars | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
There are rich pickings to be found as a seldom-seen botanical time capsule opens its doors to the public.
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Critically endangered tree receives a leg up on Mt Imlay

A CRITICALLY endangered mallee eucalypt’s chances of survival have been boosted following a dedicated team’s trek up the 886 metre Mt Imlay to plant 20 precious seedlings.
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New England Banksia finds its place in history

New England Banksia finds its place in history | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Tasmanian farmers working on Australia's biggest river restoration project

Tasmanian farmers working on Australia's biggest river restoration project | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia's biggest river restoration project is underway in Tasmania's midlands.
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South West plant community on the critical list

South West plant community on the critical list | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

SCIENTISTS have classified a small, geographically-restricted ecosystem in the South West as critically endangered.

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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.

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Sydney region's first new plant find in decades

Sydney region's first new plant find in decades | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Super trees increasing eucalyptus oil production in Victoria

Super trees increasing eucalyptus oil production in Victoria | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Conserving Rare and Threatened Species - a National Science Week event

Neville Walsh, Senior Conservation Botanist, explains how Gardens' staff are leading the way when it comes to conservation of rare and threatened plant species.

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Wakehurst Place botanists coax Tasmanian Banksia into flower

Wakehurst Place botanists coax Tasmanian Banksia into flower | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Botanists at Wakehurst Place have recorded the first UK outdoor flowering of the hard-to-propagate Banksia from the opposite side of the world.
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Gardening with Angus Stewart

Gardening with Angus Stewart | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Join Angus Stewart talking native Australian native flora. Kangaroo paw, waratahs, grevilleas, gymea lilies. It is Sydney wildflower season.

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Could Australia's floral emblem hold answers for a hungry world?

Could Australia's floral emblem hold answers for a hungry world? | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
As food security becomes an increasing challenge into the future, experts believe indigenous foods may hold the key to feeding hungry nations. Australia's acacias, commonly known as wattles, are leading the charge.
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World first in getting rid of dieback disease

World first in getting rid of dieback disease | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
WA researchers have successfully carried out world first eradication trials of the plant disease, dieback.
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