to the seventh edition of the Wollemi Watch, a quarterly newsletter
for Wollemi Pine enthusiasts the world over.
month (April) marks the official one year countdown to the
general release of the Wollemi Pine in Australia and internationally.
As some may be aware, we are preparing for a limited release
of advanced Wollemi Pines in October 2005 and are expecting
the pot plant sized Wollemi Pines to be available in selected
retail outlets and online by April 2006.
hope you enjoy this update which includes news of the latest
Wollemi Pine displays and exhibitions in Australia and around
the world, features the work of one of the key scientists
studying the Pine, and marks the celebration of the 35th annual
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Wollemi Pine on the World Stage at Expo 2005
Wollemi Pine is playing ambassador to Australia's stunning natural
history and unique biodiversity at the Australian pavilion at World
Expo in Aichi, Japan from March 25 to September 25, 2005. It is
also a fitting tribute to the Expo's theme of "Nature's Wisdom"
and will no doubt attract the attention of many of the 15 million
visitors expected to attend the six month exposition.
Australian pavillion will take visitors back 65 thousand years in
time to explore Australia's unique environment and indigenous cultures.
The Pavillion will show how to provide for a sustainable future
by learning from the past and using modern technology.
Wollemi Pine will be located in Act 3 of the Pavilion, alongside
the platypus. Like the platypus, the Wollemi Pine symbolises Australia's
past, present and future. Both the Wollemi Pine and the platypus
existed many millions of years ago and have remained largely unchanged
since that time. They have outlived other prehistoric species due
to their ability to adapt and remain undisturbed in protected habitats.
Expo aims to bring together knowledge from all around the world
that can be shared and hopes that communities will unite to solve
the many issues they are faced with and create a more harmonius
future with nature.
commercialisation of the Wollemi Pine is a unique case study which
highlights the role individuals can play in a global conservation
effort. By growing their own Wollemi Pines, individuals will not
only be able helping to repopulate the species but also be contributing
funds back to the conservation of the trees in the wild and other
threatened and endangered species.
Wollemi Pine will be available in Japan in 2006.
more on Australia's involvement at the 2005 World Expo
more on the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan
the Scenes with Patricia Meagher
Meagher is a horticultural researcher at Mount Annan Botanic Garden
and has dedicated her work since joining the Gardens in 1996 to
a significant number of Wollemi Pine research projects and related
initiatives. She is also a member of the Wollemi Pine Recovery Team
and is one of the very few researchers that are permitted to visit
the Wollemi Pines in the wild to conduct research.
Patricia's initial research at Mount Annan (one of the three gardens
managed by the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney) involved studying
the germination and storage of Wollemi Pine seed as well as investigating
the effects of light levels, soil pH, and fertilizer on growth of
the Pine. Her latest work includes research on the reproductive
cycle of the plants in the wild.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to research a species
as unique and unusual as the Wollemi Pine. I particularly enjoy
working with other scientists from different disciplines and collaborating
on Wollemi Pine research projects," said Patricia.
"One of my latest collaborations has been working with Dr Geoff
Burrows at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga (NSW, Australia)
on branch connections and bud development of the Wollemi Pine. I
also contributed to the research into the genetic variability of
the Wollemi Pine, or should I say lack of it, in the wild."
There is little doubt that the Wollemi Pine must be one of the most
widely researched rare and threatened plant species in the world.
This is particularly remarkable as it is only relatively newly discovered.
Up to 35 scientific papers have been published since its discovery
ten years ago and Patricia assisted in the preparation of a large
number of these papers, along with Dr
Cathy Offord, the Senior Horticultural Research at Mt Annan.
addition to her research responsibilities, Patricia also curates
the Wollemi Pine ex situ collection or "clonal collection".
This is an important collection of plants that have been grown from
original cuttings taken from the Wollemi Pines in the wild. This
collection is held at Mount Annan Botanic Garden as an "insurance
policy" in case of catastrophic loss of the wild population.
Prior to joining Mount Annan Botanic Garden, Patricia worked at
NSW's Agriculture Biological and Chemical Research Institute where
she also completed her Bachelor of Science in Urban Horticulture
(Hons) after switching from a career in computer science.
Patricia not only brings tremendous experience to her role at Mount
Annan but also has a real passion for her work, ensuring that the
conservation of the Wollemi Pine is in great hands.
Stay tuned to hear more about people like Trish who are working
to conserve and protect the Wollemi Pine for current and future
generations to enjoy.
more information on scientific papers published on the Wollemi Pine
visit the Botanic Gardens Trust web site on the Wollemi Pine
Wollemi Pine Displays in the US and Taiwan
the first Wollemi Pine was unveiled on public display in the Royal
Botanic Gardens (Sydney) seven years ago, the worldwide interest
in the Wollemi Pine has led to a growing number of displays across
Australia, Asia, the US, UK and Europe.
January 2005, Washington DC welcomed the Wollemi Pine with an educational
display in the impressive conservatory at the United States Botanic
Garden. A small Wollemi Pine sits encompassed in a glass structure
in the plant exploration room telling the story of its amazing discovery.
March 2005, a Wollemi Pine was gifted by the Australian Ambassador
to Taiwan, Ms Frances Adamson to the National Museum of Natural
Sciences in commemoration of the Museum's 10 year anniversary. The
display features a 1.5m tall Wollemi Pine at the entrance to the
museum with a smaller pot plant version on display within the museum.
addition to displaying the Wollemi Pine, many leading institutions
internationally such as The Smithsonian Institution and the Royal
Botanic Gardens Kew are conducting growing trials with the Wollemi
Pine to test its cold hardiness. Latest reports in the US, indicate
that the Wollemi Pine will survive temperatures as cool as -12°C,
attesting to our prediction that it is highly versatile and hardy.
Pines are currently on display in the following locations around
Mount Annan Botanic Garden
Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
Taronga Park Zoo (Sydney)
Botanic Gardens (Adelaide and Mt Lofty, SA)
Australian National Botanic Garden (Canberra)
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden (Hobart)
Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Perth)
Australian Pavilion, World Expo 2005 (Aichi, Japan)
National Museum of Taiwan (Taipei, Taiwan)
Disneyland Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
US Botanic Gardens (Washington, DC USA)
Vienna Botanic Gardens (Vienna, Austria)
tuned for the release of other displays near your area and any new
developments on the Wollemi Pine project.
the Wollemi Pine Conservation Club registers your interest
in purchasing a Wollemi Pine when they are released in 2005/6.
Wollemi Pine to Tour Outback QLD Schools
interactive and educational exhibit on the Wollemi Pine will be
part of a new touring biotechnology exhibition called the "BioBus"
set to travel to up to 75 towns and reach 60,000 school students,
teachers and community members in rural and regional Queensland
from May 11, 2005.
BioBus is a Department of State Development and Innovation initiative
in collaboration with Education Queensland and delivered by the
Queensland Museum. It has been designed to have something for everyone,
with a range of interpretive and interactive exhibits, some class
room experiment demonstrations and a show presentation for the general
public to explore some of the different concepts of biotechnology.
program will provide school children in years 8-12 (aged 13-17),
Queensland's future scientists, their parents, teachers and other
visitors with a range of biotechnology experiences to remember,
enthuse and amaze.
BioBus will also be available to Brisbane school children and parents
in August each year where it will be on display at the Brisbane
the BioBus web site for more information.
File: Earth Day - April 22
you looking for a reason to be "green"? Why not celebrate
Earth Day on April 22 and become part of an environmental celebration
that already engages up to half a billion people worldwide.
in 1970, Earth Day's mission is "to build broad-based citizen
support for sound, workable and effective environmental and sustainable
development policies for all".
Earth Day Network, that coordinates Earth Day, reaches over 12,000
organisations in 174 countries, and facilitates millions of community
development and environmental protection activities throughout the
In addition to supporting Earth Day celebrations around the world,
the Network promotes environmental education programs, trains new
environmental leaders and promotes civic engagement.
time next year and in time to mark Earth Day 2006, the Wollemi Pine
will be available in many countries around the world and will no
doubt become a conservation success story with plantings taking
place as part of the global repopulation effort.
more information on Earth Day
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