New progress reports
Professor Cary Bradshaw Identifying cost-effective reforestation approaches for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in southern Australia. The report can be found here.
31st Annual General Meeting
The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Australian Flora
Foundation was held at the Biomedical Building, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh
on Monday 25th November 2013. A new Council was elected,
being the same team as in 2013. Details can be seen here.
A summary of the Foundation's expenditure in the 2011/12 financial
year, presented at the AGM is here.
The President's Report for 2013, also presented
at the AGM is here.
Call for Applications for Research
Grants for funding in 2015
The Foundation is now calling for applications for
research grants to begin in 2015. Details and the
application form can be found here. Preliminary applications will be accepted until 17th March 2014.
Final report by Dion Harrison.
A summary of the report by Dr Harrison has been available here
since 2010, but at his request the full report was held back pending
its publication in refereed journals. The report is now being made
available here, since three
years have passed, allowing adequate time for publication.
Following the Council Meeting on 5th August 2013 the Australian
Flora Foundation is pleased to announce new grants to
• Mark Ooi Clinal variation in seed dormancy
and regeneration success of Boronia: implications for persistence
under climate change.
• Nathalie Nagalingum Conservation genetics
of wild populations and botanic garden collections of Australian cycads
• Susanne Schmidt Functional
response of Triodia in the spinifex grasslands of arid Australia.
For more details
Projects seeking sponsorship
New final reports
John Morgan & Pete Green Department
of Botany, La Trobe University, Bundora 3086, Victoria
Vegetation change in the Pretty Valley alpine grasslands from 1945
to 2003: the influence of grazing on plant community succession
Nicholas Paul James Cook University, Townsville
“Green caviar” and “sea grapes”: Targeted
cultivation of high-value seaweeds from the genus Caulerpa
Carola Kuramotto de Bednarik Australian National University
Relative importance of fire regimes and environmental gradients for
the distribution of rainforests in the Sydney region
Karen Johnson University of Tasmania, Hobart
Determining the pollinators of rare and endangered Epacris
species: implications for conservation. Final
Catherine Lovelock School
of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia
The capacity of native saltmarsh halophytes to remove salt from saline
wastewater discharge - an experimental assessment of salt uptake mechanisms
in common Australian saltmarsh chenopods. Final
*Note that this is a summary of the disasters which terminated this
project, not a final report.
The abstract of a new publication in a refereed journal, based on
the grant to Amelia Martyn 'Germination of Australian alpine species
and implications in a changing climate' can be found here.
Links to publications arising from grants are listed in the last column
of the Grants webpage.
The most recent Newsletter (January 2013), and links to earlier newsletters
in the New Series are here.
Young Scientist award for 2012
The Ecological Society of Australia conference was in Melbourne in
December. Student presentations made up a significant portion of talks
and posters at the conference. About two thirds of the 60 posters
were presented by students and there were 142 student speakers. Plant
ecology and biology themes were well represented. The AFF award winner
Cassia Read from the School of Botany, University
of Melbourne for her talk“Using biological soil crusts to assess
condition of semi-arid ecosystems”. Summary
Previous award winners can be found here.
Change of address
The University of Sydney has closed its Holme Building mail system,
and accordingly the postal address of the Foundation has been changed
Australian Flora Foundation Inc.
PO Box 21
Dulwich Hill NSW 2203
Please use this address for all postal communications.
With her final report, Margaret Johnston sent this comment
'I am sorry the report is late but we have had a disrupted
fortnight. My son runs a small business in Toowoomba which had
70 cm of storm water and considerable stock loss as there was no
Such events are unheard of in Toowoomba although some historic
pictures taken in 1906 show a similar event. However, I am just thankful
that he is safe, given the tragic events and loss of life that
occurred in the Lockyer valley.
I have worked at Gatton since 1989 and this is the first time that
I was unable to get to work. The Toowoomba range is severely damaged,
(one lane each way only) and all other routes via Murphy's Creek
and Flagstone creek also damaged. We are learning to be very patient,
my 35 min drive now takes 60-90 mins. Similar disruptions are happening
for those living in Brisbane.
The main railway line down the range is severely damaged as is the
gas line, so say nothing of the damage to the transport systems in
These are challenging times.'
On behalf of the Australian Flora Foundation:
You have our appreciation and admiration as you and your colleagues
cope with this terrible disaster.
The winner of the Australian Flora Foundation Essay Prize for 2010
was Amy Predergast, University of Western Australia. Congratulations
Amy! Her essay and the judges comments can be found here.
The Foundation belatedly acknowledges with
gratitude a generous bequest to the Research Fund from the Estate
of the late Mrs Eileen Croxford. For more information on Eileen see