On 22 and 23 June 2021 the ANPC hosted an online symposium on Orchid Conservation, which was attended by 575 registrants from across 37 countries. Eighteen speakers from Australia, the UK, South Africa, Germany and Hong Kong shared their research and experiences. Topics included orchid pollination, germination and translocation. We learned about new techniques and technologies including camera traps, as well as illegal orchid harvesting. Over one year since the 2019/20 fires, we heard about the effects of fire on orchid populations. We were treated to stunning photos of orchids across the globe including the Kimberley, where new species are still being discovered. A volunteer’s eye view was presented and encouraged people to get involved in orchid conservation in their region. The ANPC would like to say thanks to all the speakers for preparing such interesting talks, to the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program for funding both this Symposium and the larger project it is part of and the project leads, Ryan Philips, Noushka Reiter and Dan Duval. Also, a huge thank you to the ANPC’s Project Manager Lucy Commander, for seamlessly running both days, a tremendous effort! Recordings of some talks will be made available, more details to come.
|Filming has begun for a series of videos which complement the current Germplasm Guidelines review. The video production team were at PlantBank in Sydney last week conducting interviews and obtaining footage for the videos. The first video will premiere at the launch of the Germplasm Guidelines during the ASSC 2021|
We are proud to announce the launch of the third edition of ‘Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia – strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections’ (also known as the Germplasm Guidelines). The launch will be held online during the Australian Seed Science Conference. We’d also like to invite everyone to the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment: Exceptional times, exceptional plants. This free, online event will be held during the Australian Seed Science Conference in September (note: you do not need to attend the entire conference to register for the Fenner Conference). For more information and to register head to https://seedscience2021.com.au/fenner-conference/
Featured image: Bree Phillips, a Flora Conservation Officer with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in WA. She is seen collecting Jacksonia velveta (Collie Jacksonia), a species which is listed as Endangered in WA as well as under the EPBC act. Image by Andrew Crawford.
|Early Bird Registration is now open for ASSC 2021 so get in before 16 July and save on your registration to this year’s fully virtual event! Also, abstract submission has been extended to Friday 11 June 2021. Submit your abstract now to secure your spot in the 2021 program. The Conference will feature keynote speakers, presentations, live Q&A sessions, digital posters and workshops. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet virtually and share ideas, focusing on the importance of seed science to the future of plant conservation and food security. Visit the Conference website for further information, to register for the Conference and view the program format.|
Updates for the third edition of the Germplasm Guidelines are going well, with reviewer comments recently addressed by chapter working groups. Thanks to all those involved in the review and writing process! External reviews will begin shortly. Production of the ‘Plant Treasures’ video series funded by The Ian Potter Foundation is underway, with producer Chantelle Doyle and videographer Michael Lawrence-Taylor engaged to help spread the key messages of the Germplasm Guidelines. The video series will include interviews with chapter authors and footage of ex situ conservation processes in action. Planning is also underway for the launch of the Guidelines at the virtual Australasian Seed Science Conference on 6-10 September 2021.