Threatened native plants and seeds in spotlight

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Threatened native plants and seeds in spotlight


Laura Simmons and Heather James

28 March 2013

Two University of the Sunshine Coast PhD students will next week help host two workshops aimed at boosting the conservation of threatened native plants in the region.

USC students Heather James and Laura Simmons are looking forward to being involved in the workshops, which will be run by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation at the University from Wednesday to Friday.

Heather, whose thesis focuses on a project that involved moving a large number of mature plants from an infrastructure development, will make a presentation at the “Translocation of Threatened Plants” workshop on Thursday and Friday (4-5 April).

Heather, 24, of Pomona said it was privilege to contribute to the discussion of how and when threatened native plants could be translocated correctly.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to educate the community and individuals who are passionate about preserving the diverse range of threatened flora we have on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“It is also provides an ideal forum to dispel the misconceptions around the techniques, circumstances and management needed to ensure the translocation process is as successful as possible.”

The other workshop on Wednesday 3 April will focus on native seed collection and the strategies behind native plant restoration including storage, seed collection methods, pest management, seed banking and germination.

Laura, 27, of Sippy Downs said the opportunity to help out with this workshop was a dream come true.

“I am very passionate about seed collection so I jumped at the chance to be involved in an event where I could network with others in this field,” she said.

“Educating the community on both seed collection and plant translocation are central to ensuring a consistent conservation message and strategy for the Sunshine Coast so I’d encourage all who are passionate about this field to come along.”

The workshops will include presentations from a range of government and non-government experts and a full-day field trip to translocation recipient sites led by USC Senior Lecturer in Vegetation and Plant Ecology Dr Alison Shapcott.

Both workshops are open to all including conservation interest groups and individuals. To register visit: and:

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