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Blackberries (Rubus spp.) weed or native?

Blackberries are delicious…but they are also one of Australia’s worst environmental woody weeds. Blackberries were introduced in the 1840s in New South Wales, and the plants quickly spread throughout the Country via birds and other animals. In the 185os, von Mueller deliberately spread blackberry seeds into the … Continue reading

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Orchid hunting

Until recently I have never done any work with orchids, so they have been a bit of a mystery to me. I didn’t know where they were, what they looked like, when they flowered, or what their general biology was. … Continue reading

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IAVS conference 2011 – Lyon, France

This is a much belated post that took me far too long to publish but far too nice to forget. One of the perks of doing research is attending conferences. It is great to be able to share your work … Continue reading

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What are friends for…

It is very easy to live in a city like Melbourne and not REALLY pay attention to its plethora of small and large parks and reserves scattered throughout. I, like most of us, was oblivious to the role of volunteers … Continue reading

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Grampians National Park

What better way to spend the Easter break than camping in one of Victoria’s beautiful national parks. This year I visited the Grampians National Park, a 168,110ha park 240kms west of Melbourne. The sandstone mountain ranges with unique flora are … Continue reading

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