ANPC Project Managers, Martin Driver and Lucy Commander will be using their expertise to help with the fire recovery efforts through Project Phoenix: native seed for bushfire recovery. Greening Australia is leading this strategic program to build and secure native seed and plant supply for restoration after the devastating Black Summer bushfires. Learn more here.
The FloraBank Guidelines, for best practice native seed collection and use, are getting a long-awaited update. The update is part of the Healthy Seeds project, which is being funded by NSW Government, through its Environmental Trust. The project commenced late 2019, and so far, 12 of the 15 modules have been drafted by a diverse range of experts. These modules are currently being reviewed by people across the world. For more information, see the new FloraBank page on the ANPC website or contact the Project Manager, Dr Lucy Commander.
The threatened Caladenia audasii has fewer than 8 plants left in the wild. Over the last three years, the ANPC has been working with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Friends of Grampians Gariwerd – FOGGS and Australasian Native Orchid Society – Victorian Group to save it from extinction, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Onground Action Program. An exclusion fence has been built at one site to protect plants from grazing, seed has been collected and sown for propagation, and surveys undertaken to look for any new orchid plants. Pollinator baiting has also been carried out to identify the orchid’s pollinator which is critical to manage the ecology of this species. The final stage of the project will be the re-introduction of 200 Caladenia audasii seedlings in winter 2021. Read more.
New interview with Dr Lucy Commander (tw: @lucy_commander), a restoration seed ecologist who has spent over a decade undertaking scientific research with the mining industry to improve mine restoration. Lucy was also the lead editor of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation’s Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants, published in 2018, and is currently Project Manager for the update of the Florabank Guidelines for best practice native seed collection and use, with Australian Network for Plant Conservation and partners. In this conversation, Lucy talks about her interest in singing and gardening, restoration seed ecology, and her work as an editor on the Florabank Guidelines for best practice native seed collection and use. Watch here.
This project, funded by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, aims to determine the susceptibility and impact of the rust fungus Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) on Myrtaceae species regenerating after the 2019/20 bushfires. In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Queensland and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, surveys will be conducted across a wide range of ecosystems and species in the fire affected regions of NSW and Queensland, including reserves in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. While fire is considered an important selection agent in the development of Australia’s native flora, the growth of new epicormic shoots and young seedlings en-masse are ideal for the development and spread of Myrtle rust. The project will identify the species showing susceptibility and the regeneration forms (re-shoots/seedlings) affected by the rust. The effect of repeated infection on species recovery/survival will be determined for species highlighted in priority lists, including bushfire affected threatened plants.
Let’s learn how to better restore our landscapes using native seeds. Listen to ANPC Committee member and one of the authors the ANPC’s recently published Australian Native Seed Survey Report, Dr Paul Gibson-Roy, talk about seeds and the results of the report in this Boiling Point podcast on Sydney’s Eastside 89.7FM. The report highlights issues in the native seed industry which must be overcome to ensure that seed-based restoration is more successful and sustainable into the future. Listen here.