50 episodes

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.

Branch Out Australian Institute of Botanical Science

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 200 Ratings

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.

    Predicting seed germination under climate change

    Predicting seed germination under climate change

    To help protect plant species from the impacts of climate change, scientists from the Australian Institute of Botanical Science and UNSW created a cutting-edge data framework for predicting seed germination using a thermogradient plate.

    • 19 min
    Fast Flora Facts: Famous friendship plant

    Fast Flora Facts: Famous friendship plant

    Throughout human history, the gifting and trading of plants has been a way for people to connect. Discover the story behind the Instagram-famous 'friendship plant' that used to be impossible to find, and how you can grow one at home.

    • 6 min
    Saving orchids from extinction

    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
    Fast Flora Facts: Tulip mania

    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
    Zero Waste Hacks

    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
    Fast Flora Facts: Forensic Botany

    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

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Snotty Gobbles

Loving your interviews, just listened to the one on Persoonias while tending to 20 000 persoonia seedlings in our native plant nursery!! Thank goodness we don’t have to follow emus around to collect them

van_esther ,

Good topics but audio needs work

The background music and sound effects are often too loud, distracting or mis matched

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For plant people

If you don’t listen to Branching Out while doing your gardening, are you even a plant person?

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