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Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Prof Barry Osborne, 'Measuring Photosynthesis from a Distance' Monday, 6 June 2016 - 10:30am

Photosynthesis, the miracle in which plants turn sunlight, air and water into bread and wine, fuel and fibre, is the most energetic of all biological processes. Barry has spent an academic lifetime studying this process, and has continued his research in semi-retirement. Remote sensing of photosynthetic activities in leaves from inaccessible plants and within canopies has long been a key element in the ‘Holy Grail’ of plant physiological ecology.

Dr Liz Dennis ‘Hybrid vigour in plants; how does it work?’ Thursday, 2 June 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liz Dennis is an eminent plant molecular biologist and a CSIRO Fellow in the Division of Agriculture, CSIRO in Canberra. She is also a Distinguished Professor at University of Technology, Sydney. She leads a team of research workers studying the molecular basis of hybrid vigour. She holds a BSc (Hons I) and a PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is author or editor of more than 300 distinguished publications.

Liz was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in1987 and to the Australian Academy of Science in 1995.

National Botanic Gardens Open Day Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Enjoy art workshops and free Flora Explorer tours as part of the inaugural National Botanic Gardens Open Day held across Australia and New Zealand.
Details of events in the ANBG are on the What's On page of the ANBG website.
Photographic Group, ‘Extended Show and Tell’ Friday, 27 May 2016 - 10:30am

This meeting of the Photographic Group will be devoted to ‘Show and Tell’. Share your latest photos from activities taken with the Photographic Group e.g. early morning walks in the ANBG; guided walk with Irene Lorbergs; visit to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Other nature photos welcome. Maximum of ten photos per person.

Dr Brian Hawkins 'How to discover over a thousand new species of plants in modern-day Australia' Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Brian Hawkins will talk about Bush Blitz, a species discovery program that has mounted scientific expeditions all around Australia.

Brian has worked for Bush Blitz since 2014. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an ecologist and environmental educator in the forests of northern NSW. His doctoral thesis was on the landscape ecology of forest birds.

Peter Reynders 'Dirk Hartog’s Visit as an Accelerator of Exploration in Australia’s Maritime History' Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

It is 400 years this year since the 700 tonne Dutch East-India Company vessel 'Eendracht'  under Skipper Dirk Hartog chanced upon our continent's west coast as the first European vessel to visit it. There is an opportunity here to brush up on what we already know about this historically-important early visit, how and why it happened and what its relevance can be argued to be. 

Book Launch: 'Insects of south-eastern Australia' by Roger Farrow Friday, 13 May 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Friends are invited to attend the book launch of Insects of south-eastern Australia: an ecological and behavioural guide by Roger Farrow. The book will be officially launched by Geoffrey Robertson, Conservationist, and former president of the ACT Conservation Council and Friends of Grassland . Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens Theatrette and Dickson Room (Opposite Visitors Centre) Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Dr James Petrie ‘Modifying oil-seed crops to produce fish oils’ Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr James Petrie is a Research Scientist at CSIRO in the Plant Oil Engineering group. He is best known for his role in engineering canola seed to accumulate the long-chain omega-3 oils commonly found in fish oil. James also leads a project which aims for step-change productivity increase in plant oil yield by producing triacylglycerol in plant leaves and stems rather than seed alone.

Friends of Black Mountain: Weeding Working Party Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

The Friends of Black Mountain's next weeding work party will focus on removing weeds from the area behind the Australian National Botanic Gardens, especially Billardiera heterophylla, also known as Sollya and Bluebell Creeper one of the ANBG’s priority weeds. For more details, click on the blue heading in the left-hand column.

Photographic Group, 'Visit to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan' Friday, 6 May 2016 (All day)

The Photographic Group will be visiting the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan on Friday 6 May.  This trip offers an optional tour of the Gardens; opportunities to take photographs within the Gardens; and time to look around at your own pace. This is a full day excursion. Transport using a privately booked bus. Non-members welcome. For more information and bookings please send an email to: