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Botany, bryophytes and a bizarre discovery
They're among the first types of land plants to appear on Earth about 470 million years ago, but bryophtes are easy to overlook - unless you're Matt or Trevor. Despite only being able to agree on one song for their lengthy road trips, the pair of Botanists frequently venture into the Australian wilderness for up to five weeks to document Australian flora. On a field trip to the very tip of Far North Queensland, they came across a curious new species growing in a highly unusual place...
No Plants No Future
There's a back-up plan for plants going extinct in the wild - it's called seedbanking. Scientists from the Australian PlantBank spend weeks in the field tracking down native plant material from all over the country to bring back to the incredible facility in Western Sydney, so they don’t disappear forever. Go deep into the Australian PlantBank labs and discover how scientists are experimenting with storing plant material in agar jelly, special freezers and liquid nitrogen to build this...
No Plants No Past: Protecting Our Prehistoric Pine
The Wollemi Pine was thought to be extinct for 60 million years until it was accidentally discovered by David Noble in 1994 during a weekend bushwalk, 150km from Sydney. Our living fossil captures the imagination and attention of the world because it offers a window into the past, but now scientists are focused on protecting its future. Dr Cathy Offord is researching ways to ensure this curious and critically endangered conifer can survive the threat of fire and disease using a range of...
No Plants No Animals
A two-metre-tall dinosaur descendant roams the rainforests of north-east Queensland looking for its next meal to swallow whole. The remarkable digestive ability of the endangered Southern Cassowary keeps itself, rainforests, and us alive. Explore the connection between plant and animal survival with Senior Principal Research Scientist from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Dr Maurizio Rossetto and Birdkeeper at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Corinne Symons.
No Plants No Food
This is an episode of CSI PLANTS - so put on your detective hat and lab coat and enter the strange and microscopic world of deadly plant diseases threatening our food crops and native flora. Identifying plant diseases is complex, fascinating and involves looking at a world not visible to the naked eye. You'll go into the HQ of PlantClinic at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with Senior Research Scientist, Dr Edward Liew, who is putting the FUN back into fungi research and cracking the case...
No Plants No Medicine
Explore the deadly and life-saving chemicals found in plants with Dr Brett Summerell, Director of Science and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Did you know that from tea tree oil to morphine, we use nearly 15,000 different plant species for medicinal purposes? In this episode you'll also get to visit an incredible tree at the Garden that contains a poisonous chemical that could be effective against the viruses causing HIV, dengue fever and Hepatitis C.
Get ready to Branch Out
A preview of how you'll discover the surprising world of plants with science and stories from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Australia's oldest living scientific institution.