Hans Lambers new book
If you were at our Annual General Meeting in 2013 you would remember the interesting talk by Hans Lambers who is the Professor of Plant Biology at the University of WA.
Hans has a new book titled Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia: A global biodiversity hotspot which brings together the current research and understanding about the south-western Australian flora.
The greatest richness of the flora is on the sandplains, especially on the most nutrient-impoverished soils such as that we find on the Cottesloe dunes. To be able to conserve threatened species, the animals that depend upon them and the habitats they live in we need to understand their functioning in the past and present to protect them for the future.
This is a thorough revision and expansion of Kwongan – Plant Life of the Sandplain (Pate & Beard, 1984), and demonstrates how much knowledge and understanding of kwongan has been gained over the past thirty years. Aboriginal knowledge of plant life on the sandplains was and is profound and this basis of understanding is included in this beautifully illustrated book.
It is published by UWA Press and more details can be found on the UWAP website.