Join Andrew Thornhill on a tour of Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park to explore the pollen of different flowering plants.
Pollen is produced by all flowering plants and comes in lots of different shapes. Over millions of years pollen has evolved and adapted to help flowering plants spread around the world.
Join Andrew Thornhill on a springtime tour that delves into the science behind the pollen of flowering plants, and how the type of pollen influences the pollination success of these plants.
Learn how the type of pollen influences a plant's pollination success, some contemporary research into pollen, and how it used by animals - and in the human world. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions on the walk.
Andrew is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide. He is currently the herbarium curator of bryophytes and one of the leaders of a new field of biology called Spatial Phylogenetics. Prior to this Andrew completed a PhD at Australian National University in Canberra that concentrated on pollen morphology in Myrtaceae. During his PhD he helped build the Australasian Pollen and Spores Atlas and helped capture the information and images that form the basis of the atlas.
Meet at the Friends' Gate off Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide Botanic Garden about 10 minutes before the start time. It will go for approximately 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes. There is ticketed parking along Plane Tree Drive. See you soon!