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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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Burrendong Arboretum : The future, 50 years on

Burrendong Arboretum : The future, 50 years on | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Volunteers urgently needed to keep the Arboretum going
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Supermarket invests in Indigenous food products

Supermarket invests in Indigenous food products | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A major supermarket is growing support for Indigenous bush food products.
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Future of our botany lies in plant bank at Mt Annan

Future of our botany lies in plant bank at Mt Annan | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The PlantBank is Australia's first line of defence in plant conservation and the new building at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is designed to safeguard the future of our native flora.

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12 Uses For Eucalyptus Oil

12 Uses For Eucalyptus Oil | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Mention eucalyptus oil to an Australian who is a long way from home, and you are almost sure to get a big reaction. To many Australians, eucalyptus oil smells like home.

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Australian flowers bloom red because of honeyeaters

Australian flowers bloom red because of honeyeaters | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Many flowering plants converged on similar a color to attract the common birds.
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World Congress on Agroforestry - Using eucalyptus trees to drain wastewater, improve the environment

World Congress on Agroforestry - Using eucalyptus trees to drain wastewater, improve the environment | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

In a report titled ‘Sick Water? the central role of wastewater management in sustainable development,’ the UN points out that a staggering 80 to 90 percent of all wastewater generated in developing countries is discharged directly into surface-water bodies, where it poses hazards to human health and the environment.

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Bush food: warrigal greens

Bush food: warrigal greens | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
James Cook’s crew dined on it to ward off scurvy. Now top chefs are going wild for this antioxidant-rich native spinach
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Local eucalypts resist crossbreeding with introduced species

Local eucalypts resist crossbreeding with introduced species | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Botanists recently conducted a study in Perth’s Kings Park and Bold Park to ascertain if indigenous Eucalyptus trees are under threat due to hybridisation with introduced species.

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Million-dollar research could save precious habitats

Million-dollar research could save precious habitats | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A new discovery is challenging a theory that is almost half a century old, could explain why the south-west of WA is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, and could help to preserve exquisitely adapted plants and animals.

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Acacia Tree Project

Acacia Tree Project | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Food Security & Climate Change (FSCC) team at World Vision Australia has initiated and supported a number of Acacia projects across Africa. The team aims to provide a holistic response to climate change with emphasis on food security, energy and natural resources.

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Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving

Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Plants in the leached soils of Western Australia have developed a special strategy for coping with the scarcity of phosphorus.
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Real life 'wall flower' victim of its own adaptation

Real life 'wall flower' victim of its own adaptation | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Tetrathecs gunnii (Shy Susan), a delicate native flower from northern Tasmania, only releases pollen when vibrated at the resonant frequency of native bees. With only 250 plants left in the wild it's on the brink of extinction.

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Macadamia industry bounces back after booming demand in Asia

Macadamia industry bounces back after booming demand in Asia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia's macadamia industry bounces back, with Asian demand pushing nut prices to record highs.
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The Eucalypts of Northern Australia: An Assessment of the Conservation Status of Taxa and Communities

The Eucalypts of Northern Australia: An Assessment of the Conservation Status of Taxa and Communities | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Don Franklin and Noel Preece have just finished a report commissioned by ECNT on the conservation status of Australia’s northern eucalypts.  The executive summary is set out here, and the full report can be requested by email.

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Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve, Moe, Victoria

Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve, Moe, Victoria | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Reserve is approximately 58 hectares square and is one of the largest areas of native remnant vegetation in the Latrobe Valley.

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Bush Blitz seed bankers conserve iconic banksia

Bush Blitz seed bankers conserve iconic banksia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
I've been out helping James Wood and Natalie Tapson, from the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, to collect seed from a small and declining single population of Banksia serrata on Flinders Island. On...
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When dieback kills the banksia, birds disappear

When dieback kills the banksia, birds disappear | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Studies by ECU show that banksia woodlands are critical for birds and plants in the south west.
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Emu bush likely answer to livestock methane emissions

Emu bush likely answer to livestock methane emissions | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

ANIMAL microbiologists have been trialling alternative fodder plants for ruminants, to reduce methane production and improve nutrition. 

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Climate change threatens native eucalypts

Climate change threatens native eucalypts | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Extreme weather means the future is looking grim for some species of Australian eucalyptus trees.
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Company receives official warning after truck runs over endangered orchids

Company receives official warning after truck runs over endangered orchids | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A company has escaped with just a warning after a concrete truck ran over two rare native orchid species at a constuction site at Charmhaven.
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Native Mistletoe good for the environment

Native Mistletoe good for the environment | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Many of us know of the Christmas custom of kissing under the mistletoe, but fewer may know that Australia has its own version of the parasitic plant.

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Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’

Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’ | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Research at the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub has found that heat waves, droughts and floods expected under climate change will alter environmental conditions so much that many eucalypts will no longer survive in their native ranges.

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Bush food: Davidson plums

Bush food: Davidson plums | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
As part of our series celebrating native ingredients we look at the Davidson plum. Plus a recipe for Davidson plum sauce
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