Plant research

Our extensive collection is a major resource for research into plant conservation, taxonomy, evolution and physiology. This science is key to protecting Australia's native plants and maintaining its unique biodiversity.

  • Secrets of Kokoda's biodiversity

    More than 200,000 plant specimens from Papua New Guinea are held at the Australian National Herbarium, forming an invaluable record of the country's biodiversity.

  • Plant conservation and biodiversity

    We are helping protect our native biodiversity by improving the management of remnant vegetation and the availability of appropriate seed for revegetation projects.

  • Plant taxonomy and evolution

    We explore the latest in plant taxonomy information to better understand the biodiversity of Australian plants and their evolutionary processes.

  • Soil and plant interactions

    The relationships between plants and microorganisms can help us understand pathogen resistance, improve revegetation programs and investigate the structure of plant communities.


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