The Kings Park Science team enjoy an excellent world-wide reputation as leaders in the fields of biodiversity conservation and restoration.

Behind the scenes, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority staff work tirelessly to engage students and provide expert support to many upcoming post-graduate students from Western Australian and international Universities.

There are currently 36 post-graduate projects being co-ordinated through the Authority across the broad research areas of seed conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, conservation biotechnology, ecophysiology, and taxonomy.

Emma Dalziell recently began her PhD project on the on seed biology, dispersal and functional ecology of Western Australian Nymphacea Water Lillies.

The major aims of her project are to determine seed dormancy type, storage behaviour, desiccation tolerance, seed bank longevity and comparative longevity of Western Australian water lilies, along with environmental constraints (such as habitat type and water chemistry) to distribution.

The study will examine unresolved questions surrounding seed traits of early angiosperms, and thus improve knowledge regarding evolution of angiosperm seeds. This project will contribute significantly to the current understanding of seed biology and ecology in the family, as well as determining protocols for long-term seed storage of aquatic species.

Read more about this project and other science news via the bi-monthly 'Breakthrough' Science Newsletter.