Australian Flora Foundation newsletter January 2021

By Rhonda Daniels, enewsletter editor

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The Australian Flora Foundation newsletter Research Matters, No. 33, January 2021, is now available.

This issue features the following articles:

  • President’s report 2020 by Charles Morris
  • Australian Flora Foundation grants awarded to five projects commencing in 2021
    • native microbes for restoration of threatened ecological communities
    • status of Australian sandalwood populations
    • soil microbial populations and restoration in South Australia
    • cryobiotechnology methods to conserve the endangered sweet myrtle
    • link between fire season and post-dispersal predation of serotinous seeds
  • Young Scientist awards to Alison Merton and Ruby Stephens
  • Different effects of Cassytha pubescens, a native vine parasite, on native and invasive plants: a tipoff for its possible use as biological control by Evelina Facelli
  • The commercial potential of a tropical native plant, Kakadu plum by Julian Gorman
  • Fires in eastern Australia – where do we stand today by Tina Bell
  • What research were we funding 25 years ago?
    • seed biology and germination study of Zieria prostrata
    • Ptilotus species suitable for domestication and breeding for the cut and dried flower trade.

The Australian Flora Foundation is a charity fostering scientific research into the biology and cultivation of the Australian flora. It was established in 1981 and celebrates the 40th year of the Foundation’s operation in 2021.

Each year the Foundation provides funding for a number of grants for research. While the grants are not usually large, they are often vital in enabling such projects to be undertaken. Many of the researchers are honours or postgraduate students and their success with a Foundation grant hopefully stimulates their interest in researching Australia’s unique and diverse plants throughout their careers.  Donations most welcome.

Read the newsletter here and find out more on the Australian Flora Foundation website.