13 Nov – Saving orchids from extinction: the RBGV Orchid Conservation Program – Noushka Reiter

Since 2014 the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Orchid Conservation Program based at the Cranbourne site of RBGV has grown a large ex-situ collection of orchids for conservation, introduction and education. Seeds are germinated symbiotically with their mycorrhizal fungi in the laboratory and grown on in flasks before being potted up in the nursery. This ex-situ living plant conservation nursery now consists of over 20,000 plants from 165 species of orchid. Noushka will talk about the pollination ecology, mycorrhizal associations and introduction of four of the species she has been working on with her team.
A wasp removing the pollen bearing organ from a flower of the Candy Spider

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