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Parramatta Hills - Talk: Research into Australian Native Orchids

  • 24 Feb 2024
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Gumnut Hall Gumnut Place Cherrybrook.

Guest speaker at our February meeting will be Jessica Wait. Jess is a Technical Research Officer at the Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan, working on the Orchid Research Project. 

 Australia's native orchids are over-represented on threatened species lists and face many challenges for their continued survival in the wild. A good safeguard would be to propagate seeds ex-situ so individuals can be translocated back into the wild to either boost populations or re-establish populations in more secure areas. 

 Orchids, however, are notoriously difficult to grow from seed due to their reliance on mycorrhizal partnerships and an overall lack of information on what horticultural requirements they need to be successfully grown into mature plants. With SOS funding in place, this project aims to propagate a number of Critically Endangered and Endangered orchids from wild seed collections. The process includes the isolation and culturing of mycorrhizal fungi from plant tissue, symbiotic and asymbiotic seed germination trials, and research into what conditions individual orchid seedlings need to grow, survive the first dormancy and ultimately be translocated back into the wild.

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