18 August 2009

NEW PUBLICATION: 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia, strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections'

Edited by C.A. Offord and P.F. Meagher
Published by Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) in partnership with Australian Seed Conservation and Research (AuSCaR)

Launch, Friday 4 September, 2009 at the Native Seed Forum, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

In 1997 the ANPC produced the 'Germplasm conservation guidelines for Australia - an introduction to the principles and practices for seed and germplasm banking of Australian species'. Given the advances in germplasm conservation over the past decade and a call to document these, the ANPC recognised the need to update the guidelines. In partnership with AuSCaR, the ANPC has produced 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia, strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections' (2009). The new publication provides up-dated guidelines and standards for the capture, storage and use of wild plant germplasm for long-term conservation in Australia, including the recovery of threatened plant species and the conservation of genetic diversity in the face of climate change. The guidelines will also be useful for shorter-term projects in the restoration and revegetation industry and community sectors.

For more information on 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia' please contact the ANPC office 02 6250 9523 or anpc@anpc.asn.au

CONFERENCE DATE CLAIMER: Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc., 8th National Conference 2010

From planning conservation to achieving restoration

28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth, Western Australia

(photo: David Coates)

17 August 2009

NATIVE PLANT ID WORKSHOPS (ACT): Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC)

In late October or November (to be confirmed) 2009 the ANPC will hold two, one-day plant identification workshops in the ACT:

Plant ID - native grasses (beginner - intermediate)
Plant ID - grassy woodlands (beginner - intermediate)

For more information contact the ANPC office 02 6250 9509 or anpc@anpc.asn.au

16 August 2009

REVEGETATION PUBLICATION: 'Recreating the Country'

Recreating the Country
A blueprint for the design of sustainable landscapes
By Stephen Murphy

Published by Ballarat Region Treegrowers, Recreating the Country challenges landholders and land managers to consider new ways of thinking about how we might reverse the inexorable decline and disappearance of Australian plants and animals from rural landscapes. While integrating conservation and production has become the catchcry from foresters to dairy farmers, what can be done practically?

This book provides the ‘stretch goals’ and the blueprint for ways of adding habitat and designing more wildlife-friendly properties. It’s set to become the bible for a new form of revegetation – the biorich plantation. Integrated with other forms of vegetation, these plantings would aim to enrich habitat potential across rural landscapes, not just for a lifetime, but in perpetuity.

The book can be purchased for $20 and $5 postage, visit the Australian Forest Growers website.