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Project: 334-2020

Title: Phylogeography of Australian Cymbidium orchids – assessing intraspecific taxonomy and the influence of biogeographic barriers on intraspecific genetic diversity using target sequence capture 
Applicant: Dr Lalita Simpson
Institution:  Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld.

Cymbidium is an important group of orchids in the horticultural industry, prized for over 2700 years for the aesthetic appeal of their flowers and suitability as house plants. The genus is morphologically and ecologically diverse comprising ~52 species distributed in tropical to temperate habitats in Asia and Australasia. In Australia, three native Cymbidium species are found, and all are endemic to this region. Each species is ecologically distinct, predominantly occurring in distinct vegetation types, and all occupy a broad geographic distribution spanning multiple phytogeographic regions. Morphological variation has been identified within the Australian species and infraspecific taxonomic groups have been described. However, these taxonomic concepts have never been assessed through a molecular phylogenetic framework and thus the phylogeographic relationships among these groups remains poorly understood. Furthermore, previous studies have only partially resolved evolutionary relationships and infrageneric relationships within Cymbidium and evolutionary relationships between the Australian species and their close relatives within Cymbidium remains poorly understood.

This project aims to provide a greater understanding of taxonomic delimitation and phylogeography within Australia’s Cymbidium orchid species, their environmental requirements and vulnerability to climate change. Additionally, this project seeks to better understand the evolutionary relationships and biogeographic history among the Australian species and their close relatives within Cymbidium. The study will utilise collections archived in Australian and international Herbaria and cutting-edge molecular techniques to generate genomic sequence data for reconstructing evolutionary relationships and collection records for environmental niche modelling.



Project: 333-2020 Title: Project Kimberley Cymbidium- rebuilding depleted populations of Cymbidium canaliculatum Applicant: Professor Kingsley Dixon Institution:  School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA  Project Kimberley Cymbidium – rebuilding depleted populations of Cymbidium canaliculatum in the Kimberley region of Western Australia Tree orchids are rare in Western Australia and confined to the top… Continue Reading

Project: 335-2020 Title: Do some food-deceit orchids actually provide a hidden food reward? Applicant: Professor Caroline Gross & Dr K. David Macka Institution:  University of New England, Armidale NSW  Food-deceptive orchids are an enigma because in the absence of mimicry, the selective pressures maintaining their highly modified flowers (e.g. false nectary-spurs, colour changes) are unresolved. … Continue Reading

          In memory of RUTH RUDKIN 13 April 1917 – 10 September 2017 Ruth (Baxter) was born in Perth on 13th April 1917 and celebrated her 100th birthday in April of this year. She studied chemistry and physics at the University of Western Australia along with her future husband, Arthur Rudkin.… Continue Reading

          In memory of PHYL NICHOLAS 17 July 1921 – 5 August 2019 She can rightly be regarded as the matriarch of orchid growers and societies in Tasmania. Phyl was born on 17 July 1923 and grew up on a rural property at Kempton where she learned to shoot a gun,… Continue Reading

          In memory of OLIVE AND KEN KILLIAN 1920 – 2013       1923 – 2019 Olive and Ken were members of the Australasian Native Orchid Society (Victorian Group) for many years. They initially grew cymbidiums along the back fence then saw an advertisement in Garden World by David Cannon which started… Continue Reading

          In memory of Andrée Norma MILLAR OBE 1917 – 1995 Andrée Norma Millar was born in France in 1917 and passed away in PNG in 1995. She arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1947 with her husband, (a mining engineer), where they stayed there until ca. 1992 and became… Continue Reading

        . In memory of ERIC WILLIAM WILDE 1937 – 2019 Eric William Wilde was born on the 7th October 1937 in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds.  He was one of the ‘Old School’, a loving, caring, honest, generous man, a self-sufficient self-starter, teacher and mentor, with an exemplary set of… Continue Reading

        . In memory of BRIAN MILLIGAN 1931 – 2018 Brian was born in Toowoomba, Queensland on 1 October 1931, but when he was only 5 years old, Brian and his mother moved to Adelaide where, spending all his school and university holidays working in the family market garden, Brian gained his… Continue Reading

        . In memory of RAY ROBINSON 17-08-1937 – 15-11-2016 Ray and Barbara started their hobby by accident. After they moved into their home in Townsville which had very little growing in the garden, Barbara’s father came over to visit. What started their hobby was asking him to pot up one of… Continue Reading