Branch Out
Discover the surprising world of plants with Branch Out host Vanessa Fuchs as you explore botanic gardens, science facilities and the Australian landscape with passionate plant experts.
Natural Sciences
Education
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Predicting seed germination under climate change
Stepping up to the thermogradient plate: a new data framework for predicting seed germination under climate change
19 min
2
Fast Flora Facts: Famous friendship plant
The Instagram-famous plant that used to be impossible to find.
6 min
3
Saving orchids from extinction
Orchids are found on every continent, except Antarctica, growing everywhere from hot swamps to cold mountain tops. Unfortunately, a large proportion of Aussie native orchids are threatened or endangered. From isolating the fungi needed to germinate their seeds to studying their pollinators - discover how scientists like Jessica Wait at the Australian Institute of Botanical Science are using science to help save orchids from extinction.
16 min
4
Fast Flora Facts: Tulip mania
During the era of the Dutch golden age in 1637, it’s said that one tulip bulb could of bought you a beautiful house on the canal in Amsterdam. Discover how the obsession with these unique flowers allegedly caused the first and most famous market bubble crashes.
8 min
5
Zero Waste Hacks
From the 'great pacific garbage patch' to 'wet wipe island' - pollution is out of control. But in 2021, Gary Moran went viral for not needing to put out his red council bin for 3 years and 4 months. Discover his simple hacks to reduce your household waste as we feature an episode from the Plants Grow Here podcast by Daniel Fuller.
33 min
6
Fast Flora Facts: Forensic Botany
Microscopic hairs of a leaf clinging to a murder suspect's jacket is all a forensic botanist needs to crack the case. Discover how two high-profile kidnapping-murder cases in America and Australia were solved using forensic botany and how the field has continued to evolve. You'll also learn the truth behind why the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, knows so much about poisonous plants.
16 min
7
Witchcraft revival & the power of plants
#WitchTok videos are clocking up billions of views. Discover why witchcraft is on the rise and the important role plants and nature have to play in its resurgence amongst young people in this magical episode featuring Christina Oakley-Harrington - a modern witch and founder of Treadwells, a famous London bookstore dedicated to the occult.
22 min
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Fast Flora Facts: Photosynthesis
Learn how photosynthesis was uncovered by scientists, how this amazing set of biochemical reactions might help find aliens, and meet a cunning species of bacteria that's evolved with stolen photosynthesizing technology.
9 min
9
Solving the waratah's genetic puzzle
24 min
10
Fast Flora Facts: Trees
7 min
11
We’re back with bonus content
3 min
12
Talking About Plants
30 min
13
Extreme Botany
28 min
14
Tree Change
22 min
15
Heal Country
22 min
16
Starting in Science
17 min
17
The Plant World Economy
28 min
18
Introducing the Australian Institute of Botanic...
1 min
19
Let's talk about plant sex
24 min
20
Poisonous plants
22 min
21
Battling a plant disease pandemic
22 min
22
Plants that heal
29 min
23
Bushfire impacts, recovery & outlook
24 min
24
Amazing plant-based inventions
21 min
25
No Plants No Wine
25 min
26
Banking our bush foods
32 min
27
Climate change & future-proofing plants
34 min
28
Deceptive and dangerous stingers
31 min
29
Going Off Track
33 min
30
Plants in Space
29 min
31
Unlocking the power of plant data
20 min
32
Plant vs Human Intelligence
23 min
33
No Plants No Chocolate
24 min
34
Exploring Aboriginal culture in Sydney
26 min
35
Mistletoe: a festive & freaky parasite
20 min
36
Nature play keeps the doctor away
13 min
37
Bizarre BEE-haviour & snotty gobbles
17 min
38
Cow paddock to biggest botanic garden
20 min
39
Branch Out season 3 sneak peek
3 min
40
Plants with Bite: sticky, sneaky & freaky
19 min
41
What's a herbarium?
18 min
42
Growing communities with gardens
16 min
43
Detective botany & DNA with Barbara Briggs
17 min
44
Botany, bryophytes and a bizarre discovery
16 min
45
No Plants No Future
16 min
46
No Plants No Past: Protecting Our Prehistoric Pine
18 min
47
No Plants No Animals
15 min
48
No Plants No Food
11 min
49
No Plants No Medicine
10 min
50
Get ready to Branch Out
2 min