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Dr Tariq Ezaz: ‘Boys or Girls? Temperature decides’ Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Reptiles, such as lizards, snakes and turtles, display enormous diversity when it comes to determining the sex of their offspring. In some reptiles, genes on a special chromosome determine whether a baby will be a boy or a girl. In others, the nest temperature determines the sex of developing embryos.  In a few others, genes and nest ‘temperature’ work together to decide the sex of developing embryos. Dr Ezaz and his team try to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms (e.g. chromosomes, genes, DNA) involved in reptile sex determination. They use Australian lizard species as models, such as central bearded dragon and eastern water dragon.

Plant Science Group Meeting Monday, 4 November 2013 - 10:30am

There will be a meeting of the Plant Science Group in the Crosbie Morrison building. Thomas Wallenius will be talking about the ecology and pollination biology of the cycad Macrozamia communis

Bush Capital Celebration Sunday, 3 November 2013 - 10:00am to Monday, 4 November 2013 - 3:45pm

During the first weekend of November, the ANBG will stage the Bush Capital CelebrationBook here to access special discounts that are available to Friends of the ANBG and Friends Around the Lake for the Gum Tree Hop on Saturday evening

Bush Capital Celebration Saturday, 2 November 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, 3 November 2013 - 3:45pm

During the first weekend of November, the ANBG will stage the Bush Capital CelebrationBook here to access special discounts that are available to Friends of the ANBG and Friends Around the Lake for the Gum Tree Hop on Saturday evening.

Helen Wilson: 'Scaring the Rabbits Away - Canberra gardens around 1938' Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In the 1930s, Canberra residents, arriving mainly from Melbourne, tried to recreate the environments left behind in their new temporary camps and settlements and quarter acre and larger blocks north and south of the Molonglo Rover. Helen will tell stories of individual families’ experiences and describe how the growing community helped each other as its members confronted the effects of the climate and clay soils.

Edwina Robinson: ‘Revisiting the Inner North Wetlands’ Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 12:30pm

Edwina last spoke on the Inner North wetlands in late 2012 and will provide an update on their progress – what has worked well and what requires improvement.  

Tour to the Brindabellas: bushfire recovery after 10 years Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 9:00am to Sunday, 20 October 2013 - 8:45am

A one-day driving tour, guided by Rosemary Purdie, to the Brindabella Mountains to see how plants there have recovered after the fires. We'll stop en route at the lower Cotter catchment, Picadilly Circus area, Bulls Head and Mount Franklin to look at vegetation communities including Alpine Ash, Snow Gum forest and Snow Gum woodland.

For full details, click on the heading in the left hand column.

Marlena Jeffery: 'A Maze of Memories' Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Marlena spent twelve years supporting husband, Michael, in his roles as Governor of Western Australia and then as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.  Their vice-regal duties included 24 formal visits overseas, to attend the Danish royal wedding, Pope John Paul’s funeral, Prince Charles’s wedding, the coronation of the King of Tonga and a host of other amazing events. Marlena is looking forward to sharing some of her memories with you.

Marlena was previously Patron of the Friends and is now Vice-Patron.

Lecture: Crop Wild Relatives – ‘Adapting agriculture to climate change’ – Dr Michiel van Slageren Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:30pm

Michiel van Slageren will deliver a talk on current work around adaptation of agriculture in changing climates. The Millennium Seed Bank, Kew is collaborating with Global Crop Diversity Trust (and others) on a project called ‘Adapting agriculture to climate change’. The main objective of the project is to collect, protect and prepare the wild relatives of the world’s most important food crops, in a form that plant breeders can readily use to produce varieties adapted to future climatic conditions.

Breakfast with the Birds Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 7:45am to Monday, 14 October 2013 - 9:45am

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens presents Breakfast with the Birds again in 2013.  This is a wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra’s amazing birdlife in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, followed by a delicious breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens Cafe. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and at their most active. More information