The October Landcare meeting will feature guest speaker Andrew Franks, the Principal Botanist and Collections Manager at the Queensland Herbarium.
After a quick meeting Andrew will give a presentation entitled “The Wonderful World of the Bryophytes“. “Bryophyte” is a collective term for moss and moss-related plants. Collectively, the bryophytes are the second most diverse group of land plants after the flowering plants (angiosperms). Due to their physiology, they are important indicators of ecosystem health and often are used in biomonitoring because of their “canary in the coal mine” response. In this presentation, Andrew will give an overview of the bryophytes and introduce their wonderful, microscopic world.
As Principal Botanist and Collections Manager at the Queensland Herbarium, Andrew manages the 900,000+ specimens housed therein. He also curates the Herbarium’s bryophyte collection. Andrew has maintained a long interest in bryophytes ever since he first undertook a study of the bryophyte flora of Antarctic Beech trees on the Queensland/New South Wales border as an undergraduate.
This event is open to both members and non-members so we hope to see you all there to hear all about this very interesting subject.