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  1. A new study, published in Journal of Ecology, shows for the first time that both alien plants and alien pollinators influence the organisation of ecological networks over time; yet the causes and consequences for the local communities are widely dependent on the trophic level of the invasion.
  2. Aotearoa – Te Ika-a-Maui (New Zealand’s North Island) was the destination for our 2019 big botanising trip. We were lucky to be invited to give a keynote address at the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) congress on the subject of ‘World-Wide Plant Conservation: Addressing Plant Blindness’. Now the congress was for 4 days in Wellington and there was no way we were taking a flight half way around the world for just 4 days so the trip became a 3 week sojourn into the
    ngahere (forest) and maunga (mountains) looking for taonga (treasures).
  3. Read the outcome of the Favourite Plant of the Year vote, plus a type locality article, conference feedback and more.
  4. Dr Julie Deslippe and Justyna Giejsztowt discuss the ways we can tackle the threats climate change poses to our native alpine plants
  5. The official victor of our 16th favourite plant vote is Taurepo, Rhabdothamnus solandri.