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Seed collecting in remote locations in Australia

In the Northern Territory, this has been the first year in which George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens has joined the 1000 Species Project team, with support through the Millennium Seed Bank Fieldwork Funds. Ben Wirf from the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens has joined forces with collectors from the Australian National Botanic Gardens on two major collecting trips into Kakadu National Park. They drove 3200 kilometres, spent twelve hours in helicopters and walked tens of kilometres through rugged and remote terrain. They succeeded in collecting 17 new species for the Project, including the threatened Acacia amanda.

In Western Australia (WA), the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority have tackled ruggedness and remoteness by employing a purpose built Toyota Land cruiser and field caravan. Using the vehicle for 50 days in the field, the team traversed the State from far north of the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions to the south western WA and the South Eastern Mallee region. Despite the challenges, 15 new collections were added to the 1000 Species Project.

Photo: Ben Wirf, from George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, takes to the skies to access some remoter parts of the Northern Territory for seed collecting  (Image: Tom North, ANBG)





(Photos left to right: BGPA's field vehicle in WA's outback (Image: Luke Sweedman, BGPA); Collections of Acacia amanda were made during recent field work in the Northern Territory (Image: Ben Wirf, GBDBG)