Australian honey producers are set for a liquid billion-dollar global gold rush with new research investigating healing and anti-inflammatory properties in the flowering nectar of trees across Australia.
....... Amongst all this enthusiasm for the international, however, there has been a home-grown cuisine and culture continually overlooked. Only recently has mainstream attention begun to focus on the fruits, nuts and vegetables of Australian ecosystems, growing out of a curiosity to explore yet more novel tastes and combinations. Of course, to First Australians, native foods aren’t novel at all.
Seasons are more than just the changes in weather, ecology and hours of daylight caused by the Earth’s rotation around the sun and the gentle tilt of the Earth’s axis. Astronomers and meteorologists are at odds, and in Australia the conventional “Vivaldi” seasons are found wanting. Seasons affect people and people, plants and animals are intimately connected with their own seasonal understanding.
Urban development often results in the ‘clean up’ of existing trees for construction access, neatness or reducing the risk of damage to surrounding property from falling branches or bushfire. Now researchers are warning that, as the world’s cities lose their large old trees, native wildlife that depend on those trees for food and shelter will also be in jeopardy.
In 1829, estranged from her family and living in an isolated Scottish village, Georgiana Kennedy makes a sudden decision to marry Captain John Molloy of the Rifle Brigade - a handsome hero with a mysterious past. Together, they emigrate to the remote southwest of Western Australia with the first small group of European settlers, experiencing great hardship in the fledgling colonies of Augusta and Busselton.
In times of personal tragedy and privation, botany is Georgiana Molloy's salvation. Entirely self-taught, she becomes the first internationally successful female botanist in Western Australia.
Today, her collections of indigenous flora of the southwest, including type specimens, are archived in the world's leading herbaria.
Drawing on primary sources and fresh evidence to explore previously undisclosed influences that shaped Georgiana's strong values and attitudes, Bernice Barry sheds new light on the pioneering botanist's writing, and answers questions asked for a hundred and fifty years about John Molloy's complete history and his influence on her life. This minutely researched biography covers some of the most dramatic scenery, geographical and historical, of two centuries in England, Scotland, Spain and Australia a tale of love, drama, adventure and resilience.
What part of the plant world has Christmas not touched? For centuries the English have celebrated the season with mistletoe, the Germans with spruces, the Mexicans with poinsettias. But what to do when it's not the cold you are saluting but the dry heat of summer?
Having abseiled into a deep rainforest gorge in the Blue Mountains, bushwalker David Noble found himself surrounded by strange conifers with leaves like fern fronds and bark like a chocolate crackle. He had never seen such trees before and so Noble – who also happened to be a parks and wildlife officer – pocketed a leaf.
Surely one of the worst things to say to an artist wanting to paint a flower that looks alive enough to pick, is that looks like it has been cut for a week. When botanist Alex George dared make such an utterance to Celia Rosser early on in their Monash Banksia Project it was a turning point. Immediately, the artist, who left school when she was 14 and had forged a career between cutting kids lunches, washing clothes and preparing dinner, determined that she would not remain for another minute in the studio while others collected her specimens.
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