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Botany 2016—symposium details

IMG_2819On 14–15 April, 2016 a special symposium to celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Botanical Research associated with the State Herbarium of South Australia will be held as a part of the SA NRM Science Conference. Following the symposium, a special issue of the then, newly renamed journal Swainsona will be published containing short review papers of many of these presentations.

Botany 2016 — Past, present and future

Convenor: Michelle Waycott, Chief Botanist, State Herbarium of South Australia

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Botany 2016 — Past, Present and Future

AD96920168 Pimelea phylicoidesA symposium celebrating more than 60 years of the State Herbarium of South Australia.

On Thursday and Friday the 14–15 April, 2016, the SA NRM Science Conference will host a special symposium to celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Botanical Research associated with the State Herbarium of South Australia. Some 26 presentations will be given, many of which will be available via live streaming if you can’t be there in person: here are the details on live streaming access.

The symposium covers diverse topics from the history of botanical collections, the botanical gardens, the Waite Arboretum and other collections in the state, palaeo-botany, molecular genetics, vegetation historical reconstruction, the seed bank, lichens, bryophytes, vascular plant diversity and some of the interesting plants that exist in South Australia, and more… Details of the symposium are available now.

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Adelaide Fungal Study Group

Adelaide Fungal Study Group logoThe Adelaide Fungal Study Group (AFSG) is convened by State Herbarium Hon. Associate Pam Catcheside. The group is open to anyone interested in the scientific study of fungi. It is a Club of the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia. Members of AFSG must also be members of the Field Naturalists Society of S.A. (membership $35.00 p.a., concession $25.00 p.a.). Additional membership fee for the Group is $5 p.a.

Meetings of the Adelaide Fungal Study Group take place on varying Tuesdays of the month in the State Herbarium of South Australia, Hackney Road, Adelaide, 7.30pm.

Extra meetings & forays (collecting trips) may be arranged, and changes will be made, to take advantage of fungal fruiting times and good fungal sites. There will be no excursions from November to March inclusive. At meetings held during the fungal season, collections made during the previous weekend’s foray will be examined, described and identifications made.

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The first meeting for this year is scheduled for Tue., 8 Mar. 2016, 7:30-9:00pm.


  • 7:30-8:00 Ratification of programme for 2016.
  • 8:00-8:10 Thelma Bridle. Orchid mycorrhizas.
  • 8:10-8:20  Samra Qaraghuli. Screening macrofungi for inhibitors of biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus.
  • 8:20-8:30 Tara Garrard. Nematophagous fungi.
  • 8:30-8:40  Rose Dow. Fungi in soils; ‘Nature’s Recyclers’. A poster for Arbury Park Outdoor School.
  • 8:40-8:50  Sarah Harvey. Summer projects at the State Herbarium of SA.
  • 8:50-9:00 Pam Catcheside. Rare and under-collected small, black discomycetes.

New members interested in the group’s activities should contact Pam Catcheside ( for more information.

State Herbarium open days 2016

History festival bannerAs in previous years, the State Herbarium of South Australia will be open to the public on the weekend of 7 & 8 May 2016 as part of the South Australia’s History Festival.

The heritage-listed 1909 Tram Barn A was once part of a complex housing the Adelaide tram fleet.  Now the State Herbarium, it houses over one million plant specimens instead. See some of the first plants collected in the state on Matthew Flinders’ voyage and learn how all these dried specimens are critical to the effective preservation of living plants.

Read more about Tram Barn A (1.15mb pdf), the State Herbarium (733kb pdf) and the over one million plant specimens (561kb pdf) in booklets published by the institution.

Guided walking tours will be available on both 7 & 8 May at 11am & 1pm (duration 45-60 min, max. 15 persons per tour).

Bookings are essential.

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Kangaroo Island fungi in art

As part of this year’s SALA South Australia’s Living Artists Festival, the National Wine Centre of Australia will host an exhibition featuring art inspired by the fungi of Kangaroo Island.

“Fairy Castle” by Cath Cantlon

How do we Love Thee? Let us count the ways… KI Fungi

Crepidotus sp. Photo by David Catcheside

Fine Art Kangaroo Island presents exciting new works by exceptionally talented celebrated and emerging artists. Thoughtful selections combine fascinating art, pristine natural environment and creative community. Remarkable for large areas of remnant vegetation the island hosts a diversity of unique ecosystems. Interconnected by an extraordinary sense of place 22 artists reveal the obscure delights of fungi — essential for life — often furtive and mostly inconspicuous.

A wide variety of media are exhibited, ranging from jewelry and sculpture, to prints, painting and photographs.

“Mycelium magic” by Fred Peters

State Herbarium Hon. Research Associate and fungi expert Pam Catcheside was heavily involved in the preparation of the exhibition and advising artists and the gallery about mushrooms and toadstools of Kangaroo Island. She will also give a talk at the National Wine Centre on 11 August 2015 at 11 am.

The exhibition is open every day in August, 10am–5pm.