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Summary: Discover the surprising world of plants with Branch Out host Vanessa Fuchs as you explore botanic gardens, science facilities and the Australian landscape with passionate plant experts.

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  • Artist: Australian Institute of Botanical Science
  • Copyright: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust


 Zero Waste Hacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:01

From the 'great pacific garbage patch' to 'wet wipe island' - pollution is out of control. But in 2021, Gary Moran went viral for not needing to put out his red council bin for 3 years and 4 months. Discover his simple hacks to reduce your household waste as we feature an episode from the Plants Grow Here podcast by Daniel Fuller.

 Fast Flora Facts: Forensic Botany | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:39

Microscopic hairs of a leaf clinging to a murder suspect's jacket is all a forensic botanist needs to crack the case. Discover how two high-profile kidnapping-murder cases in America and Australia were solved using forensic botany and how the field has continued to evolve. You'll also learn the truth behind why the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, knows so much about poisonous plants.

 Witchcraft revival & the power of plants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:52

#WitchTok videos are clocking up billions of views. Discover why witchcraft is on the rise and the important role plants and nature have to play in its resurgence amongst young people in this magical episode featuring Christina Oakley-Harrington - a modern witch and founder of Treadwells, a famous London bookstore dedicated to the occult.

 Fast Flora Facts: Photosynthesis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:03

Learn how photosynthesis was uncovered by scientists, how this amazing set of biochemical reactions might help find aliens, and meet a cunning species of bacteria that's evolved with stolen photosynthesizing technology.

 Solving the waratah's genetic puzzle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:57

Imagine trying to put together a puzzle with over 900 million pieces without the picture on the box... That's how PhD candidate Stephanie Chen describes her world-first research assembling the complete genome of the iconic waratah species.

 Fast Flora Facts: Trees | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:23

From M. Night Shyamalan to the Bible - this debut episode of our Fast Flora Facts edition of Branch Out covers all sorts of amazing bite-sized facts, stories and research about the biggest group in the plant kingdom - trees.

 We're back with bonus content | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:54

We're back and shaking things up this year so you can discover the surprising world of plants with WEEKLY episodes. Hit subscribe to get the first 'fast flora facts' episode on June 3 and join the new Branch Out community on reddit (r/branchoutpodcast) to share your feedback and connect with other listeners.

 Talking About Plants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:02

Science communication is a lot like story telling. Hear from Laura Skates, Renee Cawthorne and Dr Karl about the importance of talking on behalf of plants.

 Extreme Botany | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:15

Extreme plants call for extreme botany. Explore the dangerous world of cliff faces, low rainfall and challenging temperatures.

 Tree Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:06

We know a lot of our listeners, like us, are stuck in lockdown - so we've got a special delivery for you! A bonus episode of Branch Out to celebrate National Tree Day. Tune in to hear a casual chat with Andy Leigh, Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney who is studying the effects of climate change on trees and the ecosystems they exist in.

 Heal Country | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:22

The theme for NAIDOC week this year is Heal Country. But what does it mean?

 Starting in Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:15

Hear from students, recent graduates and trainees who are just starting out in their careers as plant scientists. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this episode; Adam Pigott, Piret May, Ryan P. O'Donnell, Ruby E. Stevens, Melanie O'Donovan, Philippa Alvarez, Yasmin Assar, Justin Collette and Lyndle Hardstaff.

 The Plant World Economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:14

Find out what photosynthesis has to do with economics.

 Introducing the Australian Institute of Botanical Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:48

You are invited to join us for the global launch of the Australian Institute of Botanical Science.

 Let's talk about plant sex | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:09

Prepare to blush as we explore the unusual, ingenious and sometimes even deceptive ways plants are gettin' it on for the survival of their species.


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