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Orchid Conservation Symposium

Orchid Conservation Symposium

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Photos: Ryan Phillips and Noushka Reiter
Join us for free online talks on orchid ecology and threats by speakers from Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, UK and Germany.

Researchers, policy makers, practitioners and volunteers with an interest in orchids, conservation, ecology, threatened species, pollination, fungi, bushfires, and propagation are all encouraged to attend.

The Symposium will be held online from 12:30 to  5:15 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time on both Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June.

Nine speakers will present on each day, and you are welcome to register for one or both days. Speakers and their presentationt titles are below, and the full program will be available shortly.

Professor Steve Johnson, Research Chair, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Professor Rod Peakall, Professor in Evolutionary Biology, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia

The Symposium is organised by the Australian Network of Plant Conservation, in association with project partners. For further information see

Funding for this project was provided by the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.


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Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Dr Ryan Phillips, Orchid Conservation from Theory to Practice

Dr Jenny Guerin, Bushfire Recovery Work on South Australia's Threatened Orchids

Dr Jenna Wraith, Threats to Orchids in Australia

Professor Rod Peakall, Keynote: Connecting Chemistry, Pollination and Conservation in Australian Orchids

Mr Richard Dimon, Using Raspberry Pi Camera Traps for Pollinator Studies on Threatened and Deceptive Orchids

Dr Russell Barrett, Orchids on the Edge: their Diversity and Conservation in the Kimberley Region of north-western Australia

Professor Celeste Linde, Mycorrhizal Fungi of Australian Orchids – an Update

Dr Myles Menz, Pollination and Conservation of the Glossy-leaved Hammer Orchid Drakaea elastica.

Dr Amy Hinsley, From Flowers to Ice Cream: the Illegal Orchid Trade and its Conservation Implications


Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Dr Noushka Reiter, Orchid Rewilding

Ms Alyssa Weinstein, Pollination Ecotypes in the Warty Hammer Orchid

Mr Len Carrigan, A Volunteer’s Eye View

Dr Gunter Fischer, Conservation of Asian Orchids

Dr Belinda Davis, Conservation of WA's Threatened Orchids

Dr Bronwyn Ayre, Conserving Rare Orchids in the Fire Scar

Mr Marc Freestone, Prasophyllum show the importance of mycorrhizal fungi

Mr Tobias Hayashi, The Pollination of Pterostylis Orchids by Male Fungus Gnats

Professor Steve Johnson, Keynote: The Pollination Ecology of Terrestrial Orchids in southern Africa

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