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Branch Out

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Natural Sciences
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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

Updated 4 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 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

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Rank #2: 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

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: Plants with Bite: sticky, sneaky & freaky

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What makes a plant a killer? Join Greg Bourke, one of Australia's foremost experts on carnivorous plants, and discover the different tactics these murderous munchers use to lure, trap and trick their prey. You'll also hear from Jimmy Turner, the creator and visionary behind the current Plants with Bite exhibition at The Calyx inside the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. See the sticky, sneaky, freaky and free floral display for yourself. If you dare...

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #8: Bizarre BEE-haviour & snotty gobbles

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Bees predate the dinosaurs and they've been doing some crazy and complex things inside the hive. From using a 'waggle dance' to communicate where food is, to making 'bee bread' using pollen. It's a short and sweet life for most, but be warned, there are a couple of gruesome ways to die... Worldwide we are experiencing a decline in pollinator numbers, which means more than just losing our honey. European honey bees and over 1500 native Australian bees support our food crops and native plants, such as 'snotty gobbles'. If they go extinct, we could go with them.

Nov 15 2018

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Rank #9: Cow paddock to biggest botanic garden

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How was a cow paddock in Western Sydney transformed into the biggest botanic garden in Australia? And what's the difference between a park and a botanic garden anyway? Join the legendary Graham Ross and the Garden's Curator John Siemon as they share the incredible story of the Australian Botanic Garden and its best features.

Nov 02 2018

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Rank #10: No Plants No Chocolate

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This is your golden ticket into the sweet and serious side of chocolate making. After all, chocolate doesn’t grow on trees! Well, it's only part of the story. Discover how plant diseases are threatening the future supply of chocolate with Professor David Guest, a plant pathologist from the University of Sydney. You’ll also learn about what it takes to make this delicious treat from bean to bar inside the bustling kitchen of ‘the chocolate artisan’.

Apr 16 2019

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