|The survey on Myrtaceae species is still open until Monday 31 October. Run by the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens and BGANZ this survey will take stock of Myrtaceae species currently in collections across the country to inform future actions to conserve myrtle rust-affected species. If you or your organisation holds conservation collections of Myrtaceae species please take the time to fill in their survey.
You may have noticed the ANPC has been moving our forums online and holding hybrid events over the last few years. We’ve enjoyed making our events more accessible and based on member feedback, you have too.
As we move out of the pandemic, we need to remain flexible. The ANPC understands the way we connect has changed. To continue bringing you high quality events and keep pace with inflation we’ll be raising our membership prices.
From 1 October 2022 membership prices will go up by approximately 10% each year for the next 3 years. This is the first increase in ANPC membership fees in 6 years (since an 8% increase in 2017). The new prices are available on our webpage. For the best savings purchase a 3-year membership when renewals come out in November. We’ll be sending more information to our members about this next week.
Our collaborative project to secure safe custody for the Critically Endangered Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides) is underway. Project partners at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, the Australian National Botanic Garden and Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden are preparing to receive their first plants this spring. At each location, these plants will be established in the ground and monitored carefully for growth, fruiting and any signs of Myrtle Rust infection. Propagation has begun at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan for the next round of plants to be distributed later in the project, as a joint project of the Science and Horticulture teams. Ex situ conservation is needed to ensure this species will survive while long-term recovery options are pursued.
Image by Nathan Emery. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government.
Our Healthy Seeds Roadmap has been endorsed by the NSW Environmental Trust. The Roadmap summarises the findings of our Healthy Seeds project and plots a course for the future of the native seed sector in NSW. It recommends how to overcome barriers and forms an action plan of interventions including restoration planning, licencing and training. The native seed sector is the backbone of restoration efforts – it’s hard to grow plants without seed! To read the Roadmap please visit our project webpage.
September marks a year since the launch of ‘Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia, Third Edition’, also known as the Germplasm Guidelines, which is a joint publication of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and the Australian Seed Bank Partnership. We’re keen to know how you are using the Germplasm Guidelines, and invite you to complete a short 3 minute survey.
You can access all the Germplasm Guidelines materials, and an A4 poster to download, on our new Germplasm Resource webpage.