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APCC11 registrations close Friday 28 October!
ANPC survey on the Australian native seed industry now open!
The aim of this survey is to gauge the structure and capacity of the Australian native seed industry to meet current and future demand, and to gather feedback on issues experienced within the industry. The survey results will be disseminated via the ANPC’s journal Australasian Plant Conservation and at the Australian Native Seed Industry Review workshop being held as part of the APCC11 Conference. Australian seed collectors, growers/sellers/suppliers, purchasers/distributors and other interested parties are invited to participate in the survey. If you are involved in this sector in any way, please find the time to participate in this survey. Also, if you know of others who can contribute, please pass this survey on. To complete the survey please click on: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCYR36Y.
The survey should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes, depending on the level of detail you provide. The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 24th October.
To highlight some of the many endangered species that have limited profiles in Victoria from a research and funding perspective, APCC11 is promoting 12 threatened plants from across Victoria, including Pterostylis basaltica (Basalt Rustyhood) below (Photo: N. Reiter). View as a Flickr slideshow.
Some of the best seasonal conditions in the last forty years created great opportunities for a series of native plant identification and management workshops held this spring across the NSW Western Division in conjunction with Western Local Land Services, Western Landcare and supported by the NSW Environmental Trust. The workshops focussed on the resources available to identify native plants, systems for narrowing down the identification of plants and the use or management of those plants. Read more.
Native Plant ID workshop at Clevedale Station via Broken Hill (Photo: Western LLS)
This new publication by Nola Hancock, Rebecca Harris, Linda Broadhurst and Lesley Hughes provides information on how to use on-line tools to gauge if existing vegetation (species and local populations) are likely to be suitable as the climate changes. To make these decisions, information on climate projections for the revegetation site, the climatic tolerance of the existing species (as indicated by the species’ distribution), and the likelihood of survival of local populations are required. The Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to (1) find and use on-line regional climate projections for a local site; (2) evaluate which plant species will be suitable at the site in the future; and (3) consider which strategy for selecting provenances will increase the likelihood of the local population surviving in the future? These steps are designed to acknowledge uncertainties about the nature and scale of physical change and to develop strategies that are as robust and climate-ready as possible, given our current knowledge base. The publication is available as a hard copy booklet, on this website and can be downloaded as a pdf here. The ANPC is proud to be hosting this publication on behalf of the authors.
The Metallic Sun-orchid (Thelymitra epipactoides) and Wimmera Spider-orchid (Caladenia lowanensis) are two of Australia's most endangered plants. The ANPC and Parks Victoria Little Desert Region have recently collaborated under a Victorian Government Communities for Nature grant to undertake weed control over two years within a reserve near Nhill in western Victoria, to support the National Recovery Plans for both species by treating the introduced weed Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina). Read more.
The endangered Wimmera Spider-orchid (Caladenia lowanensis). (Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)
The aim of this project, funded by Portland Aluminium, is to increase the long term viability of the Melblom’s Spider-orchid (Caladenia hastata) by re-introducing this species into three sites in the far south west of Victoria. The long term aim of this project is to reduce the species from Federally Endangered to Federally Vulnerable under the EPBC Act (1999). Over the 2015-16 financial year, seed and mycorrhiza have been collected and 200 plants propagated which are currently housed at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Orchid Conservation Laboratory in partnership with the ANPC. Three hundred and twenty one plants were re-introduced. The re-introductions to date have been highly successful with an 80% survival rate. Read more.
Melblom’s Spider-orchid (Caladenia hastata) which is endangered at the National and State Level (Photo: Len Carrigan)
The ANPC has been a major partner in the development of these national standards over the last three years with the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA). They are designed to encourage all restoration and rehabilitation projects in Australia to reach their highest potential. Read the standards here.
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