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Fun ‘app’ brings Australian PlantBank to life

August 30, 2014 Apps No Comments Email Email

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 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.

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