PlantChat Webinar Series

A monthly webinar hosted by the Australian Seed Bank Partnership

About PlantChat

Our native flora faces significant threats, yet they often receive less attention and funding compared to our iconic wildlife. Native plants are highly vulnerable to severe climatic events such as heatwaves, fires, and droughts, as well as the ravages of invasive pests and diseases, which can push endangered species to the brink of extinction. 

With over 1,400 native plants listed as threatened at the national level—more than double the number of threatened animals—the stakes are incredibly high.

The loss of native plants has devastating consequences for the wildlife that depend on them and disrupts vital ecological processes. Plant conservation is one of our most urgent tasks. It is essential for meeting national targets to prevent extinctions, restore degraded ecosystems, eradicate invasive species, and leverage nature-based solutions to combat climate change.

Our PlantChat Webinar Series is tailor-made for biodiversity policymakers, program managers, data specialists, and conservation practitioners. Join us each month to dive into the latest plant conservation activities that are shaping the future of threatened species recovery and ecosystem restoration across Australia.

Webinar 1: Our looming seed deficit - what does this mean for 'nature repair'

Wednesday, 17 July 2024 / 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Large quantities of diverse native seeds are required to scale up global restoration efforts. However, it remains unclear for many ecosystems how the diversity of available seed in commercial stocks reflects the composition of the ecosystems where vegetation is being remade. This talk will explore existing shortfalls in the diversity of seed presently available for use in restoration across Australia and identifies gaps in the seed supply chain. Additionally, we will cover methods for optimising species diversity despite these constraints. We hope this talk sparks improved collaborations between stakeholders involved in nature repair across Australia to strengthen the seed supply chain and work together to repair diverse vegetation.

Presented by Dr Samantha Andres, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Sam is an ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation, restoration and management of natural ecosystems. Sam’s work involves using ecological theories to approach applied problems in ecology with an aim to generate knowledge that can be directly applied to policy and practice. Sam also has a deep interest towards including societal and cultural values in conserving and restoring ecosystems. While her research spans a variety of ecosystems, Sam tends to focus on themes which include species traits, functional diversity, community assembly, global change, disturbance biology, fire ecology, and plant soil interactions. With a focus sustainability, Sam works to ensure that ecological conservation and restoration efforts are guided by sound science and holistic principles, fostering a harmonious relationship between nature and society. You can read more about Sam’s research here.

Previous webinars

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