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Capturing Flora: 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art

Capturing Flora: 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

If it's geographically possible, try to visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat before December 2nd. That's when the exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art closes.

 

If it's not geographically possible to get to Ballarat, or impossible to get there in time, then all is not lost. You can still read the book of the exhibition, a large, lavish, detailed illustrated book, published by the Art Gallery of Ballarat to coincide with the exhibition.

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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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Australia wins top award at world's biggest flower show

Australia wins top award at world's biggest flower show | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A team of Australian gardeners have created history by claiming Best in Show honours at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show in London.
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Flora of Melbourne: a vital guide for gardeners and environmentalists

Flora of Melbourne: a vital guide for gardeners and environmentalists | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Councils use it, horticultural academics swear by it and it's the go-to text for environmental groups.
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Esperance Wildflowers: Acacia delphina - Dolphin Wattle

Esperance Wildflowers: Acacia delphina - Dolphin Wattle | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The most interesting thing about this wattle is not the flowers, although they are far from being unattractive, but the foliage which is very eye-catching with its sweeping lines closely resembling a plunging dolphin.

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Eucalypt genome shows jet fuel potential

Eucalypt genome shows jet fuel potential | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The genetic blueprint of an iconic Australian tree opens the way for better production of wood, medicines and possibly even eucalypt-based jet fuels.
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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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'What grows here?' - Android app

'What grows here?' - Android app | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

'What grows here?' will help individuals, passionate gardeners, community groups and businesses find out what plants will best suit their space and needs.

 

The app contains both botanical and commonly known names, and includes details of flower colours, blooming seasons, preferred soil ph, and most suitable locations for habitation. A linked Learning Hub will offer an additional layer of information and resources to support teachers and learners as well as facilitate citizen scientist and custodianship of plants.

 

The app is available through Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brightcookie.whatgrowshere

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The fight to save the iconic banksia of Wilsons Prom

The fight to save the iconic banksia of Wilsons Prom | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Volunteers, staff at Parks Victoria and researchers from Latrobe University are part of a long haul fight to figure out what is killing one of Wilsons Promontory's most iconic plants, the coastal banksia.
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Native produce the original superfoods

Native produce the original superfoods | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
People could learn a lot about nutrition from the indigenous Australian diet, writes Carla Grossetti.
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Plantation of 9200 eucalypts has been created in western Sydney to feed Taronga Zoo’s koalas

Plantation of 9200 eucalypts has been created in western Sydney to feed Taronga Zoo’s koalas | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
TARONGA Zoo’s koalas are getting a new personal larder of eucalyptus trees to keep up with their specialised diets.
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