Modelling climate change predictions to maximise seed germination in Australian native plants

Initiator

Tien Huynh

Collaborators

Ann Lawrie

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What you see is Caladenia robinsonii – commonly known as the Frankston spider orchid, unique to our Victorian countryside. By using historic climate data, our research team used predictive modelling to increase germination and growth of this rare and endangered beauty! Germination and growth increased by a huge 79% and 47% respectively.

How did we achieve this? By using diurnal temperature variations and stratification pre-treatments that mimicked the meteorological data.

We saved this beauty from extinction!