WHEN the young Philip Clarke arrived at the South Australian Museum as a volunteer worker in 1982, it was a musty, eccentric place, with a diverse range of near-forgotten treasures packed away. The Aboriginal artefact stores were housed in the east wing basement of the main building on Adelaide’s North Terrace. Here, in the “crypt”, a dark, dusty vault smelling strongly of naphthalene, Clarke began the researches that would shape and guide his life over the next three decades.
Local gubinge (Terminalia ferdinandiana) plant cultivation may be affected by complex patent laws and loopholes in legislation, leaving Australian native plant industries behind as overseas companies snap up the rights.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the University of WA (UWA) are calling on volunteer 'citizen scientists' to help determine if the range of one of WA's most well-known flora genera—the Banksia—is contracting with climate change.
WeedFutures is a decision-support tool that provides users with the ability to interrogate individual profiles for over 500 non-native naturalised and invasive plant species within Australia and assess weed threats for regions of interest under current and predicted future climates.
FIRE has the potential to increase the range and severity of Phytophthora dieback in native plant communities infected with the disease, suggests a study at the Stirling Range National Park near Albany.
Research into the germination requirements of four Banksia species (Proteaceae) endemic to the South West Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR) has found certain species may be more vulnerable to climate change than others.
Lockyer farmer Brian Curst has been able to save time, money and manpower by adapting his machinery originally used to plant watermelon seeds to planting Lomandra, a native reed, to help restore his flood damaged creek
Signs of serotiny, an ecological adaptation in which seed release occurs in response to an environmental trigger rather than spontaneously at seed maturation, has been discovered in in two species of Conospermum.
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