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Branch Out

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Discover the surprising world of plants with science and stories from Australia's oldest scientific institution. Branch Out is your backstage pass into labs, Botanic Gardens, the Australian bush and the minds of experts who are protecting the future of plants.

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Discover the surprising world of plants with science and stories from Australia's oldest scientific institution. Branch Out is your backstage pass into labs, Botanic Gardens, the Australian bush and the minds of experts who are protecting the future of plants.

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Branch Out

Latest release on Nov 28, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: No Plants No Animals

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A two-metre-tall dinosaur descendant roams the rainforests of north-east Queensland looking for its next meal to swallow whole. The remarkable digestive ability of the endangered Southern Cassowary keeps itself, rainforests, and us alive. Explore the connection between plant and animal survival with Senior Principal Research Scientist from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Dr Maurizio Rossetto and Birdkeeper at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Corinne Symons. 

Jun 27 2018

15mins

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Rank #2: Mistletoe: a festive & freaky parasite

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Mistletoe is in love potions, ancient medicines to ward off epilepsy and ulcers and even a Justin Bieber Christmas song. They actually lodge themselves on other plants to steal nutrients and the bizarre adaptation started in Australia – the true home of mistletoe with about 90 different sap-sucking species. Discover why so many people throughout the ages are fascinated by the mystery and magic of these paradoxical parasites.

Dec 13 2018

20mins

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Rank #3: Botany, bryophytes and a bizarre discovery

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They're among the first types of land plants to appear on Earth about 470 million years ago, but bryophtes are easy to overlook - unless you're Matt or Trevor. Despite only being able to agree on one song for their lengthy road trips, the pair of Botanists frequently venture into the Australian wilderness for up to five weeks to document Australian flora. On a field trip to the very tip of Far North Queensland, they came across a curious new species growing in a highly unusual place...

Aug 10 2018

16mins

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Rank #4: Nature play keeps the doctor away

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Who do you think spends the least amount of time outdoors: Chickens, inmates or kids? Unfortunately, it's kids. Cat Stevens already posed the question 'where do the children play?' in the 60's and the situation has continued to get worse - leading to all sorts of physical and mental problems. However, there's a growing movement to combat this epidemic at various forest schools and kindergartens around the world, including one right here in the heart of Sydney.

Nov 29 2018

13mins

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Rank #5: Exploring Aboriginal culture in Sydney

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Discover over 60,000 years of culture, plant uses and personal stories from Aboriginal people in Sydney, Australia. On the land the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is located the traditional owners are the Cadigal people and they have a unique affinity with Sydney’s harbour and lands. You'll also hear from a proud Dharawal elder and his daughter who are keeping their unique Sydney culture alive through storytelling, advocacy, art and research.

Jan 22 2019

26mins

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Rank #6: Plant vs Human Intelligence

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Do you need a brain to sense the world around you, remember or learn? Apparently not. Dive into the marvellous work of evolutionary ecologist Dr Monica Gagliano whose pioneering experiments are proving plants are learning behaviour in ways we never thought possible. But that doesn't mean our brains aren't special. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Muireann Irish beautifully articulates how some of the complex processes such as memory work in our brain and what is still a mystery. One thing is for certain – this episode will inspire you, challenge your brain-centred worldview and leave you with even more questions.

Apr 30 2019

23mins

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Rank #7: Plants in Space

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Longer space missions and sustaining human life on other planets depends on space horticulture. So grab your spacesuit and get ready to lift off with NASA astronaut Dr Gregory Chamitoff and scientists from the Australian PlantBank and CSIRO to explore the future of plants in space.

May 28 2019

29mins

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Rank #8: Unlocking the power of plant data

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The largest herbarium imaging project in the southern hemisphere is underway at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with over 1.43 million botanical specimens becoming high-definition digital images. Discover how the images will protect the valuable collection and help researchers around the world make new discoveries to advance science and conservation.

May 14 2019

20mins

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Rank #9: No Plants No Past: Protecting Our Prehistoric Pine

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The Wollemi Pine was thought to be extinct for 60 million years until it was accidentally discovered by David Noble in 1994 during a weekend bushwalk, 150km from Sydney. Our living fossil captures the imagination and attention of the world because it offers a window into the past, but now scientists are focused on protecting its future. Dr Cathy Offord is researching ways to ensure this curious and critically endangered conifer can survive the threat of fire and disease using a range of interesting experiments at the Australian PlantBank. But let's not forget - the Wollemi Pine also has some fascinating survival tricks up its bark, such as the ability to grow up to 150 trunks and self-fertilise!

Jul 11 2018

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Rank #10: What's a herbarium?

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You might think the National Herbarium of NSW is where we keep our finest coriander, mint and basil. Actually, this vital facility at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney contains 1.43 million plant specimens used for scientific research, and some are almost 250 years old! Walk through the corridors of this 165-year-old building and discover this historical hub and heart of plant sciences.

Sep 21 2018

18mins

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