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Nature Festival: Discovering Pollen - a guided tour

Nature Festival: Discovering Pollen - a guided tour

Date: Friday 1 October

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden. Please meet at the Friends' Gate off Plane Tree Drive 10 minutes before the start time. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Cost: $5


Enjoy a relaxed walk around Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park to explore the pollen of different flowering plants.

Pollen is produced by all flowering plants and comes in lots of different shapes and sizes.

Over millions of years pollen has evolved and adapted to help flowering plants spread around the world.

In this Nature Festival event, join State Herbarium botanist, Andrew Thornhill, on a springtime tour that delves into the science behind the pollen of flowering plants.

Learn how the type of pollen influences a plant's pollination success, some contemporary research into pollen, and how it used by animals - and in the human world.

There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions on the fascinating, friendly guided walk.

About Andrew

Andrew is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide.

He is currently the State Herbarium's Curator of Bryophytes and one of the leaders of a new field of biology called Spatial Phylogenetics.

Prior to this Andrew completed a PhD at Australian National University in Canberra that concentrated on pollen morphology in Myrtaceae.

During his PhD he helped build the Australasian Pollen and Spores Atlas and helped capture the information and images that form the basis of the atlas.

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