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bryophytes & a
bizarre discovery

Celebrate Science Week and join Botanists Matt and Trevor as the adventurous pair recount their fieldwork at the Top End of Australia and how they found a curious plant.

Liverworts, mosses and hornworts belong to a group of simple plants called bryophytes, which are responsible for causing a major rise in the oxygen content of our planet’s atmosphere, paving the way for complex life and our very existence.

Despite being among the first types of land plants to appear on Earth about 470 million years ago, these tiny, ancient plants are easy to overlook - unless you’re Matt and Trevor. The duo often venture into the Australian wilderness together for up to five weeks at a time to collect and study our unique flora. Listen to episode 6 of Branch Out above to get an insight into what it’s like to be a Botanist, how the dynamic pair learn from each other and what song they listen to on repeat when they drive for hundreds of kilometres at a time.   

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Science Week 

Explore Science Week 2018 at Australia’s oldest living scientific institution, with a variety of hands-on, behind-the-scenes and all ages events at local Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands between 11 – 19 August.