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Plant Translocation Workshop “Beyond the Guidelines” – Fremantle WA, 16 December 2023

Plant Translocation Workshop “Beyond the Guidelines” – Fremantle WA, 16 December 2023

Beyond the Guidelines: designing resilient, persistent plant translocations

This workshop is open to all plant translocation practitioners. The workshop will focus on aspects of planning and practice that can improve the likelihood of establishing healthy, resilient and recruiting plant populations, that will persist over the long term. The workshop will include practical examples of sourcing seed or other germplasm types, selecting recipient sites (macro and microsites), post planting management techniques and genetic health assessments. We will also address creation of populations that are resilient to disturbance. We encourage attendance from a range of practitioners including researchers, government, consultancy and community groups.

See the flyer here

Register here *Note – To register to just attend the workshop, please register for the conference but only select the workshop payment option ($65 AUD).

Date: Thursday, 16th November 2023
Venue: Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre at the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions,
17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington, Western Australia
Time: 1000-1600
Cost: $65 incl GST

Includes: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

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!




Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference

Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference

Recordings of all Conference presentations are now available on the ANPC YouTube channel!


Myrtle Rust threatens an estimated 350 Australian plants, killing new growth, buds and flowers, meaning severely impacted species can no longer reproduce. Worst affected species will disappear from the wild. Myrtle Rust is having such a devastating impact on some native plants, that scientists, community groups and First Nations groups in Australia and New Zealand are working together to devise an Australasian response. In June 2023 over 100 experts from around the globe met in Sydney to share knowledge in the inaugural Australasian Myrtle Rust Conference, supported by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.

Attendees were buoyed by the breadth of work and dedication to preventing Myrtle Rust extinctions. They were simultaneously unanimous in the sentiment that stronger leadership, greater coordination, and long-term funding were the crucial missing elements. Priority next steps include improved sharing of resources and of research and its outcomes, and refining priority species and actions for conservation efforts to maximise the involvement of researchers, communities and land managers.

Several key themes emerged from the 50 presentations given during the conference, giving rise to potential simultaneous directions to tackle Myrtle Rust incursions and extinctions:

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.