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Webinar: Collective action provides hope for future recovery from Myrtle Rust

Webinar: Collective action provides hope for future recovery from Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is known to infect close to 400 species of the Myrtaceae plant family in Australia, with a range of impact from minor to devastating. In the latter category is the rainforest tree Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides). However, collective action provides hope for future recovery. An upcoming webinar, jointly hosted by the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Collections and Records Management group (BCARM), with speakers from the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and the Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP), will report on two recent projects directed at saving this and other species from imminent extinction.

In this webinar, you will hear from Bob Makinson and Amelia Martyn Yenson (ANPC) about the impact of Myrtle Rust on Native Guava and take the first look at our new video on the collaborative action providing hope in the face of rapid decline. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government. We’ll also hear from Bradley Desmond (Acting National Coordinator, ASBP) about an inventory of priority Myrtaceae species held in ex situ collections across Australia and New Zealand. The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG) and BGANZ undertook the first country-wide stocktake of Myrtaceae insurance populations, to understand the ex-situ representation of this Myrtle Rust affected family, and inform strategic planning, management and research.

Click here to join the meeting at 1pm on Wednesday 29th March.

‘Plants Going Places’ Victorian Translocation Symposium

‘Plants Going Places’ Victorian Translocation Symposium

Online Symposium – 21 & 28 July 2022

On Thursdays 21 and 28 July 2022 we held our Victorian Translocation Symposium over Zoom. It included presentations from experts and experienced practitioners in plant translocations and was based on the ANPC’s Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia.Thanks to the support from the Ross Trust this event was free for everyone to attend.

Please download the full program here. We look forward to seeing you online. The recordings from this symposium are available on our YouTube channel here.


Plant Treasures webinar recording

Plant Treasures webinar recording

The latest webinar in our series ‘Plant treasures – in conversation’ was held on Thursday 12 May 2022. This special extended webinar focused on ‘The role of the nursery and living collections in conserving native plant species’ while highlighting current practice and future needs. You can watch the recording on our YouTube channel here.

The webinar was opened by the Germplasm Guidelines project manager, Amelia Martyn Yenson. John Arnott (Curator of horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and BGANZ Council Representative for Victoria) then gave a theme introduction before the following presentations and videos:

  • VIDEO: The role of the plant nursery and living collections in ex situ conservation (John Arnott & Warren Worboys)
  • Overview of the Germplasm Guidelines (Dr Amelia Martyn Yenson)
  • VIDEO: Cutting propagation in the conservation nursery (Mandy Thomson)
  • Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs in Managing a Botanic Gardens Seed Orchard (Lorraine Perrins)
  • The role of the ANBG nursery and living collections in plant conservation (Dr Zoe Knapp)
  • VIDEO: Collection, processing and storage of fern spores (Tom North)
  • Biosecurity considerations in living collections (Amanda Shade)
  • What we can learn from conservation of crop wild relatives? (Dr Sally Norton)
  • VIDEO: Using ex situ collections of Australian native species: Translocation and other end uses (Dr Emma Dalziell, Dr Leonie Monks and Dr Andrew Crawford)

The webinar was concluded with a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Elgey (Curator Manager, The Australian Botanic garden mount Annan and BGANZ Council Representative for NSW).

This series is a collaborative project between the ANPC and BGANZ Collections and Records Management Group and is funded by a grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.



The 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference is to be held in Albury, NSW from Sunday 3 – Thursday 7 April 2022. This is the premier event in Australia to discuss native plant conservation issues. The overall theme is ‘Seeds to recovery’. The call for abstracts is currently open. We are seeking abstracts for both presentations and posters which fit within one of the 4 sub-themes:

  1. Seeds
  2. Bushfire recovery
  3. Conservation/threatened species and communities
  4. Engaging people with conservation & restoration

We are also seeking abstracts for shorter presentations (5 – 10mins TBC) on three workshop topics.Please visit our conference website to download the submission form. Abstract submission closes 4 February 2022.

Notice of ANPC Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice of ANPC Annual General Meeting 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) will be held on Wednesday 17 November 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) via Zoom. All current ANPC members are encouraged to attend in a voting capacity to ensure we reach a quorum, and to hear about what the ANPC has achieved over the last year. This includes individual members and representatives of organisational members. Please RSVP to the Secretary by Wednesday 10 November 2021 and then you will receive the Zoom link. To check your membership status, please contact the office.

Do you want to help make a difference to plant conservation in Australia? Nominations are now open for the following positions on the ANPC Inc. Committee of Management: President; Vice-President; Secretary and 5 ordinary members. Download the Committee Nomination Form here. Nominations must be received by the Secretary by close of business on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Image by Amelia Martyn Yenson