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Online post-fire symposium

Online post-fire symposium

In collaboration with the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW, the ANPC held ‘FLORA AFTER FIRE – winners, losers and lessons‘ via Zoom webinar on Wednesday 16 August 2023.

This free online symposium was focused on the post-fire recovery of native vegetation.

A range of speakers covered three themes:
1/ plant and fire relationships
2/ impacts and observations (case studies)
3/ lessons and actions moving forward

Download the program here.

Speakers from across Australia discussed plant and fire impacts, with special emphasis on Black Summer impacts and recovery. Topics and speakers included:

  • Post-fire epiphytic orchid surveys – Prof Jeremy Bruhl and Dr Heidi Zimmer
  • Rainforests in SE NSW and the Western Dorrigo – Mark Graham
  • Plant disease after fire – Bundjalung Country – Dr Geoff Pegg
  • Kangaroo Island seed production area for restoration – Dr Jenny Guerin
  • Improving the evidence base to support decision-making – Dr Libby Rumpff
  • Planning for post fire restoration and reintroductions – Dr Melinda Pickup and Dr Tein McDonald
  • Threat assessments and revised threatened species listings – Prof Tony Auld and Tom Le Breton
  • Planned Actions of the NSW Bushfire and Natural Hazards Research Centre Environment Node – Assoc. Prof. Rachel Gallagher

Recordings of the presentations will be available soon!




Myrtle Rust Project extension

Myrtle Rust Project extension

The ANPC is pleased to announce that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has funded an extension to the ‘Safe Custody for Native Guava’ project for the next 6 months, with the aim to:

  • Continue monitoring already-dispersed Native Guava (R. psidioides) collection.
  • Ensure continued integration of Qld’s dispersal and monitoring activities with those in NSW.
  • Send new lineages of Native Guava to partner garden dispersed collections.
  • Collate monitoring data and suggest updates to monitoring methods.
  • Communicate progress and lessons.
  • Trial sharing of Scrub Turpentine (Rhodamnia rubescens) lineages to partner gardens.

ANPC Project Manager Chantelle Doyle is coordinating this project and can be contacted on this email.

Read this Botanic Gardens of Sydney blog piece written by Chantelle to find out more about how ‘genetics is helping to save plant species decimated by myrtle rust’ dated 28 July 2023.

Thank you to all our partner organisations for their generous support and commitment to this project:




Main image: Members of the Myrtle Rust Project steering committee at the Myrtle Rust Conference in June 2023:
Front (L-R): Amelia Martyn Yenson, Stephanie Chen, Chantelle Doyle, Karen Sommerville, Peter Gould.
Back (L-R): Bob Makinson, Veronica Viler, Geoff Pegg, Craig Stehn, Fiona Giblin, Tracey Menzies.
(Not present: Ian Allen, Tony Auld, Jason Bragg, Damian Butler, Michael Elgey, Chris Fernance, Jo Lynch, Ash Filipovski, Toby Golson, John Hodgon, Phil Hurle, Zoe Knapp, Tex Moon, Ryan Newett, Cathy Offord, Angela Verner, Marion Whitehead, Damian Wrigley, Samantha Yap). 

Images: Native Guava ex situ collections at Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan. Credits: Veronica Viler (L) and Nathan Emery

Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference an outstanding success!

Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference an outstanding success!

More than 90 people, including many from New Zealand, gathered to discuss developments across the rapidly expanding field of Myrtle Rust research and conservation action. Indigenous representation and voice, from both Australia and New Zealand, was the highest of any Australian-based Myrtle Rust conference so far. The conference was followed by a two-day workshop on the screening potential for rust-tolerant genotypes in some of the most severely affected species, as a basis for reinforcing the declining populations. Conference attendee and guest speaker Dr Richard Sniezko (US Department of Agriculture Forest Service), who has a long history in breeding North American trees for disease resistance, has helped take this management option to a firmer level. Recordings from the conference will be available soon!

The next step is to produce a report on the outcomes and achievements of the Conference and workshop. This will help transfer awareness of current research and conservation practice between the countries and Australian states, and will feed into the Commonwealth’s development of a Threat Abatement Plan and parallel work in various states.

Image: Bob Makinson, ANPC Outreach Delegate and Myrtle Rust champion (left), with fellow rust warriors Peri Tobias from University of Sydney and Geoff Pegg from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, at the Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference last week in Sydney. Credit: Chantelle Doyle

Raising Rarity: preventing extinction of Victoria’s threatened flora

Raising Rarity: preventing extinction of Victoria’s threatened flora

The ANPC is pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, La Trobe University and various other partners over the next 3 years on this Victoria-wide project. Funded by the Victoria Government’s Nature Fund program, the project aims to prevent the extinction of 24 endangered or critically endangered Victorian plants. Stay tuned for future project updates!
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

The 15-21 May was National Volunteer Week. We’d like to give a huge shout out to everyone who volunteers for the ANPC! From helping in the office to providing expert advice at our committee meetings, thank you to all our volunteers this National Volunteer Week and every other week you generously donate your time. Photo by Christine Fernance