[ASC-media] Fun ‘app’ brings Australian PlantBank to life

Karla Davies Karla.Davies at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Tue Aug 26 15:44:32 PDT 2014


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Media release

27 August 2014



Fun ‘app’ brings Australian PlantBank to life


Self-guided tour adds new dimension to award-winning attraction


A new mobile ‘app’ was launched at the Australian PlantBank Open Day on Sunday, 24 August which allows visitors to go on self-guided tours of the award-winning science and research facility and largest seed bank in the Asia-Pacific region.

Located at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - in the Macarthur region south-west of Sydney – the Australian PlantBank is home to the Trust's seedbank and research laboratories, which specialise in horticultural research and the conservation of native plant species.

The new ‘app’ – developed with the support of sponsor HSBC - provides visitors with a fun and informative self-guided tour of the exciting conservation centre, including its laboratories and seed vault, along with the surrounding landscaped gardens and the nearby endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland.

Mr Kim Ellis, Executive Director Sydney’s Parklands and Botanic Gardens said the new resource transforms the visitor experience.

“In a series of short video-clips our world-class scientists and horticulturists share their work and give an insight into the exciting projects underway at PlantBank,” Mr Ellis said.

“All the information is delivered in a way that is fun and engaging for both adults and children.”

Three fascinating plants star in ‘app’ stories that demonstrate the diverse and important conservation work done in PlantBank and beyond:


  *   The ancient and endangered Wollemi pine
>From its natural habitat in a secret national park location, to cultivation in gardens around the world, the new ‘app’ tour shows how research and propagation of these rare plants has helped to ensure their future.

  *   The mighty forest red gum
Take the ‘app’ tour of the adjoining Cumberland Plain Woodland – home of the red gum – then tour the laboratories and the seed vault at the heart of PlantBank.

  *   The transformation of the flannel flower
>From wild plant to floral superstar – the ‘app’ showcases the fascinating techniques of tissue-culture.

Outside PlantBank, the new ‘app’ allows visitors to discover the plants of the Cumberland Plain Woodland in the stunning ‘Living Laboratory’ garden beds, and an entertaining ‘Q&A’ delivers some truly amazing plant facts.  Finally, the ‘app’ will guide visitors through the adjoining Cumberland Plain Woodland.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store and Google Play. Please note, the application is designed for Apple iOS 6.1.4 and above, and Google Android 2.3.3 and above.




The Australian PlantBank is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Karla Davies
Tel +61 2 9231 8004 | Fax +61 2 9241 6304 | Mob 0427 482 477

NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Australian PlantBank, a facility of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, is located at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. Set on the edge of a remnant and endangered Cumberland Forest, the Australian PlantBank is a global centre for plant research and learning, and the largest seed bank in the Asia Pacific Region. It houses the Trust's seedbank and research laboratories that specialise in horticultural research and conservation of Australian native plant species, particularly those from New South Wales. The Australian PlantBank will eventually conserve 100 per cent of the State’s flora. Its ultimate goal is to collect, store and study viable seeds or live tissue specimens of all plant species in Australia. The Australian PlantBank gives the public access to plant science and scientists at the forefront of conservation research.
For further details visit www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/welcome/annan/Australian_plantbank<http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/welcome/annan/Australian_plantbank>



























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