NEWS


22th March 2017

The two people awarded the AFF Young Scientist Prizes at the AGM of the Ecological Society of Australia, plus a summary of their presentations


18th March 2017

Sixteen preliminary applications for grants from the Australian Flora Foundation for projects to begin in 2018 have been received. Those best meeting the objectives of the Foundation will be short listed at a Council meeting in April, and the principal researchers asked to submit full applications.


18th February 2017

The final report from Guomin Huang, Paul Rymer and David Tissue
Climate change impacts on genetically differentiated Telopea speciosissima (NSW Waratah) coastal and upland populations
, is now available. For details.


15th February 2017

Newsletter 24, released to members of the Australian Flora Foundation in July 2016, is now available on the website.

9 February 2017

Council of the Foundation: at the AGM on 21st November 2016 the existing Councillors were reelected for the year 2017. For details

8 February 2017

The final report by Patricia Fuentes-Cross on the genetic relationships of South Australian quandongs is now available. For details

5 February 2017

The final report by Alexandra Bowman on fallen logs creating patchiness in chenopod scrublands of South Australia is now available. For details

The Presidents report to members of the Australian Flora Foundation at the Annual General Meeting in December 2016, is available here.

Details of grants from the Australian Flora Foundation for research projects to commence in 2017 are here.

3 February 2017

The final report by Katherine Downes on the germination of some lesser studied kangaroo paw species is now available. For details

Newsletter 23, released to members of the Australian Flora Foundation in January 2016, is now available on the website.

5 December 2016

The Foundation is now calling for Applications for Grants to commence in 2018. For details

22 June 2016

A summary of a scientific publication based on an AFF funded project by Charles Morris, School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, can be found here

15 May 2016

A summary of a scientific publication based on an AFF funded project by Katherine Downs, Department of Environmental and Aquatic Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, can be found here

Two recent progress reports have been added:
James A. R. Clugston and Nathalie S. Nagalingum. Conservation genetics of wild populations and botanic garden collections of Australian cycads
Dr Noushka Reiter. Establishment of an ex-situ collection and seed orchard for the endangered Grampians Globe-pea.Establishment of an ex-situ collection and seed orchard for the endangered Grampians Globe-pea

13 May 2016

The revised Articles of Association, agreed to at the AGM on 14th December have been put on the website. They can be found here.

The changes will allow legal persons (e.g. corporations or associations) to be members of the Foundation, will allow the Council to determine membership fees, and will simplify the procedure for membership applications.

They will also require the Chair of the Scientific Committee to be appointed by the Council, will delete an unnecessary definition of “scientific research”, and will remove the requirement of CSIRO approval of new Scientific Committee members.

3 May 2016

At the Council meeting yesterday 20 Preliminary applications for grants were assessed. The total of the requests was $297, 986. Funds available are about one fifth of this. Seven applications were shortlisted, still requesting a total of about twice our available grant funds. Three are from Western Australia, two from South Australia, and one each from New South Wales and Queensland. The shortlisted researchers have been asked to put in Full applications. These will be reviewed by our Scientific Research Committee, and final decisions made at the September meeting of Council.

27 February 2016

Bradshaw's and Horner's report on their project on the use of Australian plants for carbon capture is here. This is the start of a project which will take up to 30 years to complete.

17 January 2016

A number of new items have been added to the website in the past month:
  1. We have two new Councillors, Jennifer Firn and Carolyn Gillard, following the AGM on 14th December 2015
  2. A summary of our accounts over the 2014/15 financial year shows that we operate a lean but effective charity.
  3. The President's report for 2015 outlines the continuing succession renewal in the Foundation.
  4. The Newsletters for January and July 2015. Members will already have these newsletters, plus that for January 2016.
  5. The two people awarded the AFF Young Scientist Prizes at the AGM of the Ecological Society of Australia, plus a summary of their presentations

14 December 2015

The Foundation is now calling for Applications for Grants to commence in 2017. For details

24 August 2015

At the Council meeting on the 3rd August grants to begin in 2016 were awarded to the following applicants:
Associate Professor Geoff Burrows, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University for the project 'Lens morphology in Australian acacias - implications for germination, propagation, cultivation and conservation'.
Mr K David Mackay, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England for the project 'Can the native Rusty Fig, Ficus rubiginosa, beat climate change?'
Associate Professor Todd Minchinton, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong for the project 'Seeds, seed banks and cultivation of endangered coastal salt marsh plants under climate change'.
Ms Annisa Satyanti, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, for the project 'The effect of warmer temperature and shorter winter duration to the germination and seedling survival of Australian alpine flora'.
Ms Monique Smith, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide for the project 'Interactions between native and introduced grass species in relation to the restoration of grassy woodland habitats'.
For more details click here.

15 February 2015

Dr Charles Morris has been brave enough to take on the position of Treasurer in the Foundation. Apart from organising the funding of the new grantees, he has changed the postal address of the foundation to one which is more convenient:

Australian Flora Foundation Inc.
PO Box 846
Willoughby NSW 2068

Mail sent to PO Box 21, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203 will no longer reach the Foundation.

1 December 2014

The Foundation is now calling for Applications for Grants to commence in 2016. For details.

The Annual General Meeting of the Foundation was held at 9 pm on 24th November at the University of Sydney. At the elections Peter Goodwin, Ian Cox, Charles Morris and Richard Williams were reelected as President, Secretary, and the two Vice Presidents. Jenny Jobling stood down after eight years asTreasurer, but remains on the Council. She has major an important contribution by streamlining the financial operations of the Foundation. We are urgently seeking a new Treasurer.

Over the past 12 months the website has been updated to version 17, which you are currently seeing. The main change is that the website is now responsive, that is all pages automatically adjust to present a view which suits the device being used, whether a smart phone or a widescreen monitor.

 

26 August 2014

Grants for projects beginning in December 2014 have been awarded to:
Ms Rebecca Jordan, University of Melbourne for a project titled: Understanding climate adaptation and its implications for revegetation in Eucalyptus microcarpa: linking genomic and phenotypic variation.
Professor Michelle Leishman, Macquarie University for a project titled: How does smoke-promoted germination in SE Australian flora vary among plant lineages, vegetation types and fire strategies?
Dr Noushka Reiter, Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc., for a project titled: Ex-situ conservation of Sphaerolobium acanthos.
Dr Paul Rymer, University of Western Sydney for a project titled: Moreton Bay fig: distribution of native genetic variation and threats from cultivation.
For more details click here.

24 August 2014

New blog site active: The Australian Flora Foundation Home page link to Blogs is now in action, and the first Post was made by Dr Katherine Downes, titled 'Some Anigozanthos pictures'. You are invited to log in to it and provide her with a comment.

19 June 2014

New responsive home page: The Australian Flora Foundation Home page has been remade so that it is responsive, that is is usable on desk top computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.

24 March 2014

Young Scientist awards for 2013 and previous award winners can be found  here.

14 March 2014

The most recent Newsletter (July 2013), and links to earlier newsletters in the New Series are here.

15 January 2014

New progress report

Carbon capturing Australian Plants
Professor Cary Bradshaw Identifying cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in southern Australia. The report can be found here.
Carbon capturing Australian plants ready for planting:

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