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Threatened Plants Translocation Information Day #PlantsGoingPlaces

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Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Mrs Macquaries Road

Sydney, NSW 2000

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The Translocation Information Day will cover a variety of topics, including the "how to" of translocation, the science of translocation (including translocation monitoring), discussion of NSW policy and licensing requirements, orchid translocation, exciting translocation case studies including Asterolasia buxifolia, Fontainea oraria, Persoonia pauciflora, and Wollemia nobilis, and information on where can get support for your translocation.

Date and time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday 1st August 2017.

Location: Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. We recommend traveling to the venue by train, alighting at St James Station, from where it is only 800 m walk to the Maiden Theatre (via the Wooloomooloo Gate).

Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will be followed by networking drinks and dinner (at participants own cost) at Customs House Bar, 30 Pitt St (15 minutes/1.2 km walk from the Maiden Theatre).

Please click here to download the draft program.


There is a lot going on in the field of threatened plant translocation right now ... including a number of projects that are part of the National Environmental Science Programme's Threatened Species Recovery (TSR) Hub larger project 'Improving threatened plant reintroduction success and species recovery', led by Dr David Coates.

This project has seven key objectives:

  • Evaluation and synthesis of current knowledge of plant translocations in Australia.
  • Understanding and further development of criteria for measuring success of plant translocations.
  • Evaluating alternative measures of translocation success such as measures based on Population Viability Analysis, genetic diversity and mating systems.
  • Updating the current Guidelines for Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia.
  • The development of working examples of best practice translocation for threatened plants.
  • Scoping the benefits of gene pool mixing for threatened plant reintroductions.


A postdoctoral fellow (Dr Jennifer Silcock), three PhD students: Leonie Monks (Murdoch University) , Rebecca Dillon (The University of Adelaide) and Marc Freestone (The Australian National University) are funded through the project. In addition the project is funding Dr Lucy Commander, as project manager with the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, to update the Australian Plant Translocation Guidelines.

Dr Silcock with Laura Simmons is carrying out a synthesis and evaluation of all threatened plant translocations in Australia. This will involve the development of a plant translocation database and a meta-analysis to assess factors that could be critical in plant translocation success.

Research by the three PhD students will focus on understanding and further development of criteria for measuring translocation success. The PhD project by Leonie Monks, a research scientist in the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, will include investigating translocation success in three WA threatened plant species and a meta-analysis of over 100 experimental Western Australian plant translocations, most carried out by Leonie over the last two decades. Rebecca Dillon is also research scientist in the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and her PhD project involves a detailed study of alternative translocation success criteria in a species from WA and a species from SA. Marc Freestone will be exploring translocation success in the orchid translocation program in Victoria coordinated through the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

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