Albury, 3 – 7 April 2022
The ANPC and AlburyCity are proud to be hosting the 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC13) in Albury NSW from 3 to 7 April 2022.
With the overall theme ‘Seeds to Recovery’ presentations will cover such topics as recovery of native plants and vegetation after fire, and native seed supply.
The biennial Australasian Plant Conservation Conference is the premier event in Australia to discuss native plant conservation issues.
APCC13 will bring plant conservation scientists and practitioners together from across Australia to discuss the latest scientific findings and how best to approach the key threats to plant conservation in Australia.
Visit APCC13 Partnerships to learn more about the wide range of partnership opportunities available for the conference.
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Seeds are a fundamental part of many plants’ lifecycles, enabling them to disperse to new places, survive conditions which plants may not, and can increase the genetic diversity of the species compared with clonal reproduction. A better understanding of seeds helps both conservation and restoration through understanding recruitment dynamics and response to events such as fire. Knowledge of seeds can help optimise the seed supply chain for restoration, and hence improve restoration outcomes. Presentations in this theme will inform and inspire all those who work with seeds.
2/ Bushfire recovery
The summer of 2019/2020 saw mainland eastern Australia experience its most extensive and severe fire season on record. Extensive areas of native vegetation were burnt ranging from heathlands, woodland, forests, alpine areas, wetlands and rainforests. Recovery of these areas is essential to maintain the diversity of plant and animals in these habitats. Whilst a number of species and ecosystems can be sensitive to fire, many plants have mechanisms that allow recovery after fire provided conditions are favourable, pre fire drought impacts are not too great, and other threats such as habitat disturbance, weeds and grazing pest species are controlled. Where the fire regime has changed, species recovery may be reduced, for example where too frequency fire has reduced seed banks. This subtheme seeks to explore both the impacts of the 2019/2020 fires on native plants and their recovery after fire, including innovative ways to help species and ecosystems that are struggling to recover, along with examples of effective post-fire threat mitigation measures to promote plant recovery from the 2019/2020 fires and to build resilience to future fires.
3/ Conservation / threatened species and communities
A greater understanding of species biology and ecology is critical to protecting and conserving threatened species and plant communities. Restoration of these treasured species can be particularly challenging, especially when multiple threatening processing must be addressed. Collection of seeds or other propagation material can be difficult, and a variety of ex situ conservation methods may be required to produce material for translocation, research, education and other settings. Both in situ (on site) and ex situ (off site) conservation require partnerships with a range of stakeholders, including botanic gardens and government agencies, to implement effective conservation programs. This theme will explore threatened species conservation, showcase both in situ and ex situ programs addressing the threat of extinction and provide an opportunity to explore partnerships supporting species survival.
4/ Engaging people with conservation / restoration
Conservation and restoration are complex concepts requiring diverse but complementary approaches. Practitioners must apply this thinking to achieve both on-ground environmental outcomes and improved social benefits from restoration through genuine engagement with First Nations peoples, Landcare groups and other volunteers. This theme will explore the various engagement approaches used throughout Australia and why these can be critical to restoring native habitats and building ecosystem resilience for the long term conservation and restoration of Australia’s native plants.