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President’s Report for 2023 now available

President’s Report for 2023 now available

The President’s Report for 2023 from outgoing President Tony Auld is now available to view online.

Contained within are details of all of the significant projects which have been undertaken in collaboration with our partner organisations this year, including:

  • Our work on Myrtle Rust, particularly safe custody projects for Native Guava and Scrub Turpentine, including the production of 3 videos on Myrtle Rust.
  • Establishing a pilot project to coordinate recovery of Queensland’s threatened plants.
  • Preventing extinction of Victoria’s threatened flora.
  • Holding a Flora After Fire Symposium, the inaugural Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference, and a Plant Translocation Workshop.
  • Publishing a paper on Ex situ germplasm collection in Plants, People, Planet journal.
  • Sharing the endorsed Healthy Seeds Roadmap.
  • and many more…

Tony has also highlighted the important work carried out by our project managers Amelia Martyn Yenson, Chantelle Doyle and Jason Halford over the past year, along with Outreach Delegate Bob Makinson, as well as office staff Jo Lynch, Richie Southerton and volunteer Robert Hawes. He also took the opportunity to thank the members of our committee who are finishing their terms.

See the full President’s Report 2023 here.

Myrtle Rust Management for Practitioners – Open Series

Myrtle Rust Management for Practitioners – Open Series

There is a need for horticulturists and practitioners managing Myrtle Rust susceptible collections to collaborate, share ideas and workshop problems.

To address this the ANPC, UNSW and the BGANZ Collections and Records Management group (BCARM) are collaborating to co-ordinate a quarterly series of informal virtual get togethers, commencing in February 2024.

This series will be exclusively focused on practical aspects of managing and maintaining a conservation collection of Myrtle Rust susceptible species and will have an open forum structure. The series will be open to any practitioners across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand managing collections impacted by Myrtle Rust including local council nurseries.

As part of customising the content and schedule we are seeking your feedback in this short survey.

The first session “Fundamentals of managing a Myrtle Rust sensitive collection” will be held on 22 February 2024 at 2pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


For more information about Myrtle Rust visit the dedicated ANPC resource page.

We hope to see you there.

Introducing the new APC Editor Alyssa Weinstein!

Introducing the new APC Editor Alyssa Weinstein!

The ANPC is delighted to announce Alyssa Weinstein as the new editor of Australasian Plant Conservation.

Alyssa has great enthusiasm for plants, science communication, and bringing science, government, industry, and community together to effectively conserve biodiversity. These interests have led her to roles with United Nations Environment Programme, the Australian federal government, as well as in academia. Alyssa is currently working as a consultant for UNEP, bringing her experience to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem services. She previously worked at the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water, ensuring effective environmental regulation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, as well as working in the international policy space.

Alyssa’s love for plants flourished growing up in the southwestern Australian biodiversity hotspot, where she completed her Honours at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, before moving to Canberra to pursue a PhD at ANU. In her thesis she investigated the pollination ecology of sexually-deceptive orchids, focussing on the genera Cryptosylis and Drakaea. Fortuitously, her work with Drakaea led Alyssa to a role assisting in the production of the hammer orchid sequence in David Attenborough’s Green Planet, a true highlight of her experiences as a science communicator.

Alyssa’s first edition will be the Summer edition: 32(3). To learn more about APC click here.

You can find Alyssa on Linkedin at: and on Twitter/X at:

Image caption: Alyssa posing with Button wrinkewort (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides) flowers while on fieldwork.