- Evolutionary ecology research
- Horticultural research
- Plant diversity research
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- Scientific publications
The Science Program of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is:
Vision for Science of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will have exciting, innovative and relevant scientific research programs. It will be recognised throughout New South Wales, Australia and the world as making a major contribution to the discovery and conservation of biodiversity. It will work with the horticultural industry and botanic gardens in plant development and disease diagnosis. Research results and biodiversity data will be communicated using the best available means. The Trust will work in partnership with government agencies (state and federal), universities, botanic gardens and herbaria (local and international) to achieve these aims.
All scientific programs will be widely recognised within New South Wales as important and appropriate, with no reduction in the Gardens’ international reputation for high quality, progressive science.
Objectives for Science of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
All new programs and projects must be evaluated against the following criteria. Some criteria are deliberately open to interpretation and should be used as a starting point for discussion about a particular program/project. The geographical focus for any program will include New South Wales as well as the rest of Australia and our neighbouring regions (in a scientific, geographic or economic-political sense).
The program or project should:
The Trust’s sciences program continued to receive excellent media coverage and staff publicised their work in print, radio and television wherever the opportunities arose.
Other publications and presentations for general audiences are included in the detailed reports for each section.
The number of Honours and higher degree students supervised was 27 this year. Apart from the involvement in the 'Biosystematics' course at the University of New England and the 'Tree of Life' course at the University of New South Wales, staff also delivered guest lectures at various universities, sometimes presenting blocks of key lectures (e.g. Dr Cathy Offord and Dr Edward Liew at the University of Sydney). A number of staff members have adjunct appointments at several universities.
Honorary research associates and volunteers
The Honorary Research Associates continued to be major contributors to our research program and their key research achievements are included within this report within the Plant Diversity section.
Our volunteers continued to play an important role in the herbarium, particularly in the mounting room program, where they painstakingly care for and mount the plant specimens of the herbarium collections. The herbarium could not function without their important contribution. Volunteer contributions in the library and various scientific programs have also been enormously beneficial.
Gotcha!! - Eucalyptus tereticornis flower. Photo: Lotte von Richter
G Errington & R Johnstone collecting Collitris endlicheri. Photo: Cathy Offord
'Pick up sticks' - Juncus psammophilus bases. Photo: Karen Wilson
‘Ecological Burn’. Photo: Lotte von Richter