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2016 Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.

Applications for the 2016 scholarship are open. Applications will close 11th March 2016.

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November 13th

Speaker: Edward Liew
Topic: 'Soil-borne plant pathogens in our area'

Dr Edward Liew is the manager of the Plant Pathology Section in the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. He manages the Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit as well as the Plant Pathology and Mycology research program. As a plant pathology researcher for 22 years, Ed has supervised 15 PhD students and published more than 40 peer reviewed scientific papers, excluding book chapters and industry reports. His research focus includes fungal evolution, taxonomy and soil-borne pathogens, in particular Fusarium and Phytophthora.In his presentation he will highlight some of the common plant diseases caused by soil borne fungal pathogens in the wider Sydney region. In addition to the biology of the diseases, Dr Liew will also talk about their symptoms and control measures.

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Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

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Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2015 program.

November 9th

Leader: Jan Marshall
Topic: 'Leptospermums and Baeckeas

Leptospernum Flower

Tea-trees grow from the coastal fringes, across the mountains and on the far western plains of NSW. Come and learn about many of the local species of Leptospermums and see them in their natural environment at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. We will also introduce you to some other plants of the Myrtaceae family such as Baeckeas, the bush-tucker shrub Austromyrtus and the less well-known red-flowering Darwinias.

November 16th

Leaders: Ron Watts & Ros Mort
Topic: 'Snack Talks: Observing & Photographing our Flora & Fauna'

Red Angophora branch Correa flower

Please bring snacks to share after these two informal talks which will close the Walks & Talks year at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.
Ron will give a brief historical perspective of how imaging arrived where we are today; some principles of the optics involved and how awareness of them helps you create good images. He will refer to implications of sensor size and sensitivity and the effects of lighting, then show a few pictures that may help you appreciate the information.
Ros will explore some of the fascinating features you might encounter on a walk of discovery through the bush. We can marvel at the wonders of nature and the forces at work eg. insect activity (galls, cocoons, termite mounds, insect scribbles, defoliation of plants). We examine the special ways certain plants are adapted to fire. We’ll take a look at the development of unusual forms and structures in the trunks, limbs and root systems of native trees, often creating important shelters for animals. Rock formations created by weathering and erosion will complete this overview. The living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components all have an important role in an ecosystem.


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Last up-dated 12th.November 2015

We are affiliated with Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd which is part of the national body the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) inc. (ANPSA).