21 November 2023
Adelaide Botanic Garden has been announced as a 'Garden of the World Worth Travelling For in 2024' at the International Garden Tourism Awards.
The research resource of the State Herbarium collection has been barcoded, databased and is accessible through Australia's Virtual Herbarium and eFlora SA. There is a number of equipment available that assists in the varied research being undertaken with the State Herbarium's laboratories.
The research equipment available includes:
The scanning electron microscope, a partnership between the department and the University of Adelaide, now enables the State Herbarium to:
A specialised ancient DNA laboratory with positive air-pressure and UV light sterilisation, which belongs to the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, is also housed in the Plant Biodiversity Centre. This new research initiative between the University of Adelaide, the department, and the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium aims to study evolution and environmental change through time using preserved genetic records of plants, and of human, animal and sedimentary material.
Key interests include molecular studies of evolutionary processes in population genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography, molecular clocks, and a variety of uses of temporally distributed DNA sequences. The facilities include freezer rooms, sample preparation and decontamination areas, and specialist still-air working areas for ancient human DNA, vertebrates and sedimentary and microbial DNA studies. The laboratory is directed by Professor Alan Cooper.
A public-access facility, the Eric Jackson Reference Herbarium, is available to those with at least some skills in plant identification to identify their own specimens themselves. It houses specimens of most South Australian vascular plants, a small library of books and a microscope. A series of pictorial fact sheets of marine algae is also available. Please contact the State Herbarium in advance to ensure you have the best use of the facility.
21 November 2023
18 July 2023
Have you ever driven past the beautiful heritage-listed Goodman Building when passing the Garden on Hackney Road? Did you know this building was formerly the base for the Municipal Tramways Trust but now serves as the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium administration building.