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Local seeds vital for effective banksia restoration

Local seeds vital for effective banksia restoration | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

BOTANISTS are analysing spatial genetic structure within keystone species, to enable better seed sourcing....

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Bush tucker pioneer wants Alice Springs to be the native food capital of Australia

Bush tucker pioneer wants Alice Springs to be the native food capital of Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A pioneer of the modern Central Australian bush tucker industry is excited about a recently announced government investment in the sector.

The Northern Territory Government said it would provide: "$500,000 for a bush tucker industry research and development study to establish a national industry hub based in Alice Springs".

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Efficiency prevails - why wattles rule

Efficiency prevails - why wattles rule | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Research led by the University of Sydney has revealed a group of woody plants that include Australia's iconic wattle tree behave differently to other plants.
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Citizen scientists to help find rare plant

Citizen scientists to help find rare plant | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists in Western Australia's South West are being asked to help search for one of the world's rarest plants.

The Banksia prionophylla plant is a small spiky banksia that grows to about 60cm tall and has tough, upright leaves.

There is only one population of 100 plants known to exist worldwide.
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Bush Foods - Food Investigators on SBS

Bush Foods - Food Investigators on SBS | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
For thousands of years Australia’s aborigines thrived on the country’s wide variety of flora and fauna. Their diet included lillipilli, kangaroo apples and bush tomatoes – foods which few of today’s Australians are likely to have heard of let alone tasted.
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Tasmania's bushfires: a human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra's temples

Tasmania's bushfires: a human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra's temples | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
As 1,000-year-old trees turn to ash and dried-out peat bogs burn, the devastation of these precious plains is a harbinger of a warmer, far less wonderful world
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Liquid gold rush beckons as search begins for best antimicrobial honey

Liquid gold rush beckons as search begins for best antimicrobial honey | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Gardening: kangaroo paw, our fuzzy furry friends

Gardening: kangaroo paw, our fuzzy furry friends | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
You don't have to grow certain kind of gardens to enjoy these native beauties.
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Replacement of dying Eucalyptus trees begins

Replacement of dying Eucalyptus trees begins | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A decade-long effort begins to find out why Eucalyptus trees on the Monaro Plains in south eastern New South Wales are dying and how they can be replaced.
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Secret Ingredients: Native Foods for a Warmer Australia

Secret Ingredients: Native Foods for a Warmer Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

....... 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.

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'Climate change and weeds' putting SA's plant biodiversity at risk

'Climate change and weeds' putting SA's plant biodiversity at risk | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
South Australia has six plant biodiversity hotspots but threats to conservation including climate change and weed invasion are putting them at risk, researchers say.
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New species found as epic mapping project nears end

New species found as epic mapping project nears end | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Botanists have been travelling far and wide across Queensland for more than a decade to create the first seamless map of the state's regional ecosystems.
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Big Bad Banksias Standing up to Climate Change

Big Bad Banksias Standing up to Climate Change | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Banksia plants are Australian emblems, famous for their colourful flowers and dark, knobbly seed pods — the inspiration of May Gibbs’ big bad banksia men. Just like those banksia men, unerringly creepy after all those decades, their real-life counterparts may be just as resilient to the impacts of climate change.
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Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW

Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia has a pretty poor record when it comes to animals lost to extinction. For plants, it's worse – and the losses could come at a cost.
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Snottygobble hacks up propagation mystery

Snottygobble hacks up propagation mystery | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
LOCAL researchers have unravelled the germination secrets of WA’s strangely-named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.), thereby opening the door for the species to help rehabilitate WA’s landscape.
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The Florilegium

The Florilegium | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc was formed to create a florilegium, a collection of contemporary botanical paintings of some of the most significant plants in the living collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

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'Botanist puppies' detect weeds threatening Kosciuszko National Park

'Botanist puppies' detect weeds threatening Kosciuszko National Park | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Sniffer dogs successfully detect a noxious weed threatening the environment in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Gympie Gympie: Once stung, never forgotten

Gympie Gympie: Once stung, never forgotten | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
One of the world’s most venomous plants, the Gympie-Gympie stinging tree can cause months of excruciating pain for unsuspecting humans.
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Antibacterial constituents of Eremophila alternifolia: An Australian aboriginal traditional medicinal plant

Antibacterial constituents of Eremophila alternifolia: An Australian aboriginal traditional medicinal plant | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

For traditional medicinal purposes Aboriginal Australians have utilised numerous plant species, Eremophila alternifolia is among the most prominent. Traditionally, fresh leaves, leaf-infusions and handmade leaf-pastes have been used

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Vanishing trees could leave cities bereft of wildlife

Vanishing trees could leave cities bereft of wildlife | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Photographic Guide to Native Plants of the ACT

Photographic Guide to Native Plants of the ACT | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Anyone with an interest in plants who lives in or around the bush capital, as bushwalker, landowner, gardener, wildflower rambler or even serious plant student, will benefit from this book.

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Aboriginal people, bush foods knowledge and products from central Australia

Aboriginal people, bush foods knowledge and products from central Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Ethical guidelines for commercial bush food research, industry and enterprises.

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Kimberley community starts harvesting 'Kakadu plum' super fruit

Kimberley community starts harvesting 'Kakadu plum' super fruit | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
An Aboriginal community in the West Kimberley becomes the first to commercially harvest the highly sought after bush fruit gubinge.
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Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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