Conservation Biotechnology

The Conservation Biotechnology group are involved in a range of research programs with the aim of providing new, efficient and innovative ways to enhance in vitro propagation of Australian plants, provide critical micropropagation research for endangered plants and ultimately conserve endangered plants and specific plant taxa that are difficult or impossible to propagate by conventional methods. The group assists with specialised advice and assistance with in vitro propagation of rare and/or recalcitrant plant taxa on the designated lands as part of BGPA Science restoration programs.

The Propagation Science team conduct research critical to the success of off-site conservation and translocation of endangered plant species including, in vitro technology (tissue culture, micropropagation, somatic embryogenesis), cryostorage and mass production of plants for restoration/translocation projects.

The Conservation Biotechnology team enjoy close links with other researchers within the Science Directorate, leading to collaborative, integrated conservation research programs with practical outcomes for the public, community groups, other government agencies and industry. We also collaborate closely with other conservation agencies (e.g., Department of Parks and Wildlife) and community-based organizations (e.g., LandCare) for practical research outcomes, such as providing micropropagated plants for joint reintroduction projects to restore depleted or declining natural populations of critically endangered plant species.

Please contact Dr Eric Bunn with enquiries relating to Conservation Biotechnology.

Christmas and New Year services

Visitors are advised that a number of services within Kings Park and Botanic Garden will be unavailable over the Christmas and New Year period.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden from December 2018 until May 2019 due to concert events.

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Call for Aboriginal tourism operators

Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba, invites local businesses employing, owned or run by Aboriginal people to provide new tourism and cultural experiences for its visitors.

Snapshot of our busy year

The 2017-18 annual report has landed on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority bookshelf, recording another outstanding year and an estimated 5.7 million visitors enjoying the expansive parklands, natural bushland and WA Botanic Garden in Kings Park and Bold Park.

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