Hard copies of the third edition of Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia are now available to purchase from the ANPC website. This evidence-based best practice guide is the most up to date resource for the management of ex situ (off site) collections of seeds, plant tissues, or plants in nurseries and living collections. Thanks to the generous funding for this project from The Ian Potter Foundation we are able to offer our ANPC members the guidelines at a very reasonable price of AUD$25 (including postage within Australia). The revised edition contains 550 pages of case studies and evidence-based information. Head to the publications page to purchase your copy of this fantastic resource now.
The second webinar in our series ‘Plant treasures – in conversation’ is coming up on Thursday 10 March at 1pm AEDT. This webinar, hosted in collaboration with BGANZ’s Collections and Records Management Group, will discuss biosecurity in conservation collections. We have lined up some special guests to kick start the conversation, including Dr Brett Summerell from the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, Bob Makinson, Conservation Botanist and former ANPC president and Bec Stanley of Auckland Council and former curator of the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Click here for more information and the meeting link.
In one week we will be closing early bird registrations for the 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference. If you haven’t secured your place at this year’s event now is the time to do so! Working with the local community we have created a schedule that allows delegates to immerse themselves with real people working on real issues in real landscapes. After two years apart we are excited to offer this opportunity to reconnect in person with the conference theme ‘Seeds to recovery’. Early bird registrations close 11:55pm on Friday 4 March 2022. Head straight to the conference website to secure your place.
A new book was released in December 2021 titled ‘A guide to propagating Norfolk Island’s native plants and seeds’. The handbook covers an important selection of native species found on Norfolk Island. Most of the species selected are endemic and EPBC listed, as these species are unique to the island and are in the most need of propagation to increase populations. There are also some native species included because they are popular for gardens, good for revegetating property, and/or easy to grow. Click here to access a pdf of the book.
Over the coming months the ANPC are presenting a webinar series based on the Germplasm Guidelines, funded by The Ian Potter Foundation. These webinars are a collaborative project with the BGANZ BCARM Plant Forum. Titled ‘Plant Treasures – in conversation’ this series offers the chance for you to network with your colleagues while listening to your peers present on a Germplasm related topic. These webinars provide an opportunity to ask all those burning questions and pick the brains of experts.
The first webinar scheduled for Thursday 10 February at 1pm AEDT is ‘Plant Treasures – in conversation about data collection and record keeping in ex situ collections’. Our speakers include Emma Bodley, Botanical Records and Conservation Officer from the Auckland Botanic Gardens and Damian Wrigley, National Coordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, along with Amelia Martyn Yenson, Project Manager for the Germplasm Guidelines revision. Webinar link coming soon, save the date in your calendar now!