It’s spring, but many street trees look stressed and sick. Heat and insect attack are arriving early. But our cities are also steadily losing canopy cover.
Victoria’s iconic mountain ash forests are reeling from decades of logging and fire. They’re not recovering on their own.
Australia’s bushfire response relies on foreign satellites, which are not designed to assess our highly flammable eucalypt-clad landscapes.
Eucalyptusdom is a testament to the utilitarian and cultural life of a remarkable tree.
When a plant is stressed, it mobilises its resources and often converts its starch reserves back to sugar. As soon as this happens, the stressed plant becomes sweeter than its healthier neighbours.
These trees are too important to be destroyed in the name of the forestry industry. This is why my husband Steve Pearce and I climb, explore and photograph them.
The nature of our fires is changing rapidly, and the adaptation of our plants and animals won’t be able to keep pace.
Understanding invasive trees’ ecology and history is crucial to developing effective management practices.
This massive red gum has stood for 300 years, as if in defiance of the modern world and the development that has encircled it.
Did you know koalas rub noses to say hello?
There are more than 850 different species of eucalypts in Australia, and possibly many more we don’t know about.
Stockwellia has links back to the epoch before Australia separated into its own continent and was mostly covered in rainforest.
The Instagram-able Eucalyptus salubris, better known as the Gimlet Gum, is well worth getting off the beaten track for.
Eucalypts have been in Australia for 45 million years. But hundreds of species appeared more recently than previously thought.
It takes a eucalyptus tree more than a hundred years to develop hollows suitable to shelter Aussie animals, and just moments to cut it down.
One of the great Australian trees – messmate stringybark, Eucalyptus obliqua.
Australia’s distinctive native plants give our honey a distinctive stamp. Welcome to melissopalynology: the study of pollen.
The koala genome, published today, gives us new and valuable information to aid conservation of this marsupial. It identifies special genes that evolved to adapt the koala to its unique lifestyle.
The ecological value of old trees is irreplaceable for native Australian fauna. Identifying and preserving these trees in cities through smarter planning strategies is important for local wildlife.
The majestic Eucalyptus regnans stands far above its forest brethren.