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Friday Night Meetings 2007

 

Speakers and Topics of 2007

February 9th

Speaker:

Brian Roach

Topic:

"Growing Natives; Why, What & Where. "

Brian is an experienced plant propagator and gardener and a long term member of APS
He has become a sort after speaker to Garden Clubs


March 9th

Speaker:

Associate Professor Lesley Hughes

Topic:

"Growing Natives; Why, What & Where. "

Lesley researches the "Impacts of global climate and atmospheric change on species and ecosystems" at Macquarie University. Her projects have included:

  • Global climate and atmospheric change on species and ecosystems
  • Climate change on herbivorous insect communities
  • Impacts of elevated CO2 on herbivorous insects
  • Changes in bird migration
  • Climate change on the biodivesity of Lord Howe Island
  • Climate change on insect body size
  • Climate change on vegetation ecotone


April 13th

Speaker:

John Aitken

Topic:

"The Sutherland Groups Plant Identification CD  ROM"

Members of the Sutherland group of the APS have developed a CD ROM for Identifying Plants of their region. The CD has been a great success and has very good reviews in such places as "Domain" in the Sydney Morning Herald.


May 11th

Speaker:

Daniel Strosberg

Topic:

" Vegetation Management in the Rail Corridors "

Daniel is the Environmental Officer - RailCorp North Region.
His talk will outline the Vegetation Management Plan. How endangered communities including Blue Gum High Forest, are managed as well as weed control and bush regeneration in the Metropolitan North Region.


June 8th

Speaker:

Peter Olde

Topic:

"Hunting Grevilleas in the Wild"

Peter is a past President of the Sutherland Group and latter The NSW Branch of SCAP (as it was known then). He went on to serve another 10 years as vice President and is now a life member. His interests in Grevilleas developed from his fascination with birds and attracting them to his Garden. He has been the leader of Grevillea Study Group since 1980. Peter is an honorary Research Scientist for the Botanic Gardens and has been published in many journals and in 1994 Coauthored a three volume reference book on Grevilleas with Neil Marriott. The books are in our Library. The Autumn Plant Sale which he has run for the last 10 years at Mt Annan Botanical Gardens will be at his farm this year


July 13th

Speaker:

Dr Michael Batley

Topic:

"Native bees and Plant Pollination"

Michael is a member of our group and has been carrying out research on Native bees at The Australian Museums. Although his background is physical chemistry, he became interested in native bees after observing coloured cuckoo bees in his backyard and then discovering how little was known about them.


Au
gust 10th

Speaker:

Alison Downing & Ron Oldfield

Topic:

"Mosses of the Blue Mountains"

For a number of years Alison and Ron have been working on the mosses of the Blue Mountains. Their manuscript was submitted for publication at the end of last year (2006).Alison is a curator of the Macquarie University Herbarium.


September 14th

Speaker:

Dr Peter Weston

Topic:

"Drifting Proteas or Continents?"

 

Peter is responsible for Proteacea at the Sydney Botanic Gardens, and has a vast knoweldge of them. He will be talking about the Proteas of the other southern continents, comparing them and discussing how they were distributed


October 12th

 

Speaker:

Mike Barrett

Topic:

Integrated Weed Management with particular reference to Environmental Weeds

Topics include weed seed banks, competition, weed succession, chemical and biological control, glyphosate resistance, garden escapes and some case studies.

Mike is an agricultural science graduate who worked for ICI Rural in NSW developing agchem markets in crops,pastures and horticulture. He has just retired from running his own consultancy in Sydney.

Mike is a life Member of the Weed Society of NSW. The Weed Society aims to promote a wider interest in weeds and their management through talks and seminars. This society was formed in 1966.and was the first in Australia.

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November 9th

Speaker:

John Siemon,

Topic:

“Propagation & Storage of NSW Terrestrial Orchids”

John and his colleagues at Mount Annan Botanic Garden are developing techniques for germinating and storing, long-term, NSW terrestrial orchid seed and their associated mycorrhizae.  John will discuss the orchid germination process and novel techniques for orchid conservation.


December 14th
- Christmas Party


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