Geelong Field Naturalists Club
1. Cluster/Proteoid Roots in Australian Proteaceae
2. Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (VAM); a plant/fungi symbiotic relationship
GFNC member, Brad Ferrier has extensive botanical knowledge gained during many decades of experience as an educator, nurseryman, landscape designer and revegetation contractor. In this presentation, Brad will explain how many Australian plants manage to thrive in soils that are so nutrient deficient that northern hemisphere plants cannot survive in the soils without the addition of fertilisers?
The answer to this intriguing question lies in special adaptations that many Australian plants have been able to make to their root systems. One adaptation is the development of specialised roots known as Cluster or Proteoid roots. Another adaptation is the symbiotic relationship with special fungi known as Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (VAM) that allow nutrient absorption by the plant roots.