Numerous sites and ecological communities in Queensland and New South Wales, have been surveyed to determine the susceptibility and impact of myrtle rust on Myrtaceae species regenerating after the 2019-20 bushfires. Funding has been extended for the project which means a second round of assessments can be conducted at each site. Researcher Dr Geoff Pegg gave a presentation about the project as part of the 2020 environmental biosecurity webinar series. Watch the recording of the Myrtle rust webinar here.
Post-fire survival surveys have been completed for 13 of the 14 target orchid species, with surveys for the final species to be undertaken in the first week of February. Collections of seed have been undertaken for 11 of the 14 target orchid species, with the remainder to be conducted during January-March. Mycorrhizal fungi collections have been made for all but one of the 14 orchid species and studies on reproductive biology are underway.
On Wednesday 11 November we held our AGM over Zoom with 25 people in attendance. The ANPC president, Tony Auld, presented his President’s Report which can be read here. Similar to an annual report, the President’s Report details what the ANPC has achieved over the last year, including many exciting new projects. We also said thank you and farewell to our committee members Cathy Offord and Chantelle Doyle who have finished their terms. We also thanked Melissa Millar who finished her term as Secretary and was then elected as an ordinary member. We welcomed a new Treasurer, Grant Warner and two new ordinary members to the ANPC management committee, Andrew Fairney from South Australia and Meredith Cosgrove from the ACT.
On 8 December at 3:30pm AEDT the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub will be holding a free webinar titled ‘Halting the decline: efforts to track & save Australia’s threatened plants.’ The webinar will be held to launch the threatened plant index. Tony will be giving a ten minute presentation on the importance of our threatened plants and issues raised by the index. To register click this link.
We are looking for nominations to fill our Secretary position. If you or somebody you know would like to make a difference to Australia’s only national plant conservation network we’d like to hear from you! This committee member position involves administration of committee meetings and contributing your expertise on Australian native plant conservation issues and projects. Download a nomination form here and send it and any questions to our Business Manager, Jo Lynch, at firstname.lastname@example.org