Branch Out

14 EpisodesProduced by The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Plants are vital to everyday life and Branch Out takes you into the labs, the field and Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia where scientists are experimenting with new ways to protect the future of plants, and ours. From looking at strange plant diseases under microscopes to storing seeds in liqui… read more

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Bizarre BEE-haviour & snotty gobbles

November 15th, 2018

17:13

Bees predate the dinosaurs and they've been doing some crazy and complex things inside the hive. From using a 'waggle dance' to communicate where …

Cow paddock to biggest botanic garden

November 2nd, 2018

20:10

How was a cow paddock in Western Sydney transformed into the biggest botanic garden in Australia? And what's the difference between a park and a botanic garden anyway? Join the legendary Graham Ross and the Garden's …

Branch Out season 3 sneak peek

October 18th, 2018

3:22

Check out what's coming up in the next season of Branch Out. Hit subscribe to make sure the fortnightly episodes appear in your podcast app.

Plants with Bite: sticky, sneaky & freaky

October 5th, 2018

19:17

What makes a plant a killer? Join Greg Bourke, one of Australia's foremost experts on carnivorous plants, and discover the different tactics these murderous munchers use to lure, trap and trick their prey. You'll also …

What's a herbarium?

September 21st, 2018

18:47

You might think the National Herbarium of NSW is where we keep our finest coriander, mint and basil. Actually, this vital facility at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney contains 1.43 million plant specimens used for …

Growing communities with gardens

September 6th, 2018

16:36

Some communities can't access green space, depriving them of the physical, mental and social benefits that nature brings. This was a sad reality for Norbert and his social housing neighbours in Surry Hills, Sydney …

Detective botany & DNA with Barbara Briggs

August 23rd, 2018

17:32

Dr Barbara Briggs is one of Australia’s leading botanists and police used her skills in the 1960’s to assist a kidnapping-murder case. But over the …

Botany, bryophytes and a bizarre discovery

August 10th, 2018

16:39

They're among the first types of land plants to appear on Earth about 470 million years ago, but bryophtes are easy to overlook - unless you're Matt or Trevor. Despite only being able to agree on one song for their …

No Plants No Future

July 25th, 2018

16:01

There's a back-up plan for plants going extinct in the wild - it's called seedbanking. Scientists from the Australian PlantBank spend weeks in the field tracking down native plant material from all over the country to …

No Plants No Past: Protecting Our Prehistoric Pine

July 11th, 2018

18:28

The Wollemi Pine was thought to be extinct for 60 million years until it was accidentally discovered by David Noble in 1994 during a weekend …

Get ready to Branch Out

May 24th, 2018

2:24

A preview of how you'll discover the surprising world of plants with science and stories from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Australia's oldest …

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