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What the Flora?! Episode 1 - Bushfires: pushing plants to extinction

Last summer, about 7 billion trees were impacted by the bushfires. Discover how scientists are using seed-banking to guard our endangered native plant species against extinction in our debut episode of What the Flora!?

While bushfires have shaped our continent for thousands of years and made Australia the fire capital of the globe, last summer’s fires are a graphic illustration of the consequences of climate change. In Episode 1 of What the Flora!? join your host Vanessa Fuchs and Chief Botanist Dr Brett Summerell to discover how plant material is collected and safely stored at the Australian PlantBank to get plants back out into the bush.

Episode 1 - Bushfires: pushing plants to extinction


The Australian Institute of Botanical Science consists of the physical and virtual scientific collections, research, services, facilities and staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. The new Institute will be one of the nation’s premier botanical research organisations and will help ensure the survival of plants and build more resilient ecosystems for future generations.