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|Viewing of Banks' Florigeum, session 2||Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 2:45pm||
This event is for Friends' members only.
We are offered an exclusive opportunity to view the Banks' Florigeum in the Pictures Collection of the National Library. Choose between two sessions on the same day: 1.30pm or 2.45pm. Each viewing will be one hour. Meet in the foyer of the Library 15 minutes ahead of the session starting time. Parking around the Library is very tight, so allow plenty of time to find parking. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential: by phoning 6255 8441 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including name/s, phone number and time preferred.
|Dr Tim Entwistle: A Year or Two at Kew||Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Tim will talk about working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Dr Tim Entwistle is a scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens and Director and Chief Executive of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Previously, he was Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and, prior to that, Director of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens for eight years.
|Dr Rana Munns: Plants and Salty Soils||Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Many Australian native plants, notably saltbush, like salty soils. Some salt-loving plants are useful for food and forage. However, production of our staple food crops – wheat and rice – is greatly reduced by salty soils. Rana will end the talk describing research by her team at CSIRO Plant Industry that found new genes for salt tolerance that improved the yield of durum wheat in saline soil.
|Lydia Guja ‘Seed Biology and Seed Conservation of Endangered Plants at the National Seed Bank’||Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Lydia will discuss the unprecedented threat to the Australian Alps from many processes, including climate change and fire, and their place within the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ seed conservation and research program.
|Simon Gould ‘The Regeneration of Australia’s Landscape Imperative’||Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Australia has some 770 million hectares of land, with around 470 million hectares of this being farmed or grazed at various intensities. Simon will discuss the fact that, despite good practices of a number of land managers and farmers allied to some good science, the realities of an increasingly arid and degraded landscape are being experienced across the country.
|Trevor Murray ‘Crested Pigeons: Communicating on the Wings of Sound’||Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Trevor will talk about recent research on the use of non-vocal communication of danger by the Crested Pigeon in the ANBG and surrounding suburbs.
Trevor Murray, a biologist at the Research School of Biology ANU, is undertaking his PhD on the alarm call communication of Crested Pigeons.
|Dr Jake Gillen ‘An introduction to the Landscape Ecology of the Cooper Creek Floodplain Region in South Australia’||Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Jake will discuss the main vegetation communities encountered within the region and the factors driving their distribution, both laterally across the floodplain and longitudinally down the Cooper Creek system.
Dr Jake Gillen is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU.