Vegie garden on the verge of a breakthrough 6/9/2008

Text and pictures by GEOFF VIVIAN

Cottesloe council was set to demolish a friendly verge-side herb garden.

There hadn’t even been a complaint – rangers had reported it because it did not have planning permission.

Eventually common sense prevailed, but any new verge gardens will need planning permission and to adhere to a strict new set of guidelines.

These stories are from POST Newspapers 6 and 27 September 2008


Genetic technique tracks endemic insects in the Kimberley 3/3/2013


TRADITIONAL Owners are helping scientists from UWA and CSIRO conduct a genetic survey of insects in Kimberley vine thickets for bio-molecular analysis in bulk—a technique that comes under the heading of ‘eco-genomics’.

The team has sampled flying and crawling insects from 36 vine thickets in coastal and

The Kimberley Echo 4 July 2013

island locations between Derby and Kalumburu.

At each site a tray is prepared with the specimens laid out and digitally photographed before they are all placed into a combined ‘DNA soup’ for bio-molecular analysis.

CSIRO evolutionary biologist Dr Owain Edwards says the method is being developed in response to a legislated requirement for environmental approvals before resource projects can commence.

He says traditional taxonomic methods used on single sites are time-consuming, and in a poorly studied region like the Kimberley, give no indication as to whether a newly-discovered species is locally endemic or more widespread.

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This story has also been republished in The Broome Advertiser and Kimberley Echo newspapers.

‘Bushtucker’ fruit standout in Broome ecological survey 10/4/2013

THE WA Government has listed an ecological community on Broome’s outskirts as Priority 1 PEC (Priority Ecological Community).

The dominant species is a small tree that grows on the top of relic sand dunes in the Broome Peninsula.

Broome Advertiser 4 July 2013It is commonly known by the Bardi name Mangarr and in English as wild prune (Sersalisia sericea)formerly (Pouteria sericea).

“It is an important and renowned local bushtucker species and does not occur in such frequency and longevity in other locations,” says ecologist Louise Beames.

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This story first appeared in Science Network WA on 10/4/2013 and it has been republished by Broome Advertiser on 4/7/2013