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Ecology of Plant-Derived Smoke: its use in seed germination, 2014. V Jefferson, Marcello Pennacchio, Kayri Havens. Oxford University Press
grow Ever since our early ancestors learned how to make fire, the smoke it produces has also found a number of uses. Plants that release chemical substances when burned have served as medicines, incense for magico-religious ceremonies, recreational drugs, perfumes, and for flavouring food and beverages. These and other uses have, in the past and in the present, spawned large organizations that have earned billions of dollars from the sale of smoke products. One needs look only at tobacco or the Arabian incense trade that existed at the time of Christ to realize the enormous socioeconomic importance of smoke. The earnings from these two industries alone have rivalled those of the contemporary oil industry.

Our ancestors may have used smoke as a tool for promoting seed germination and growth for centuries. Only recently has the scientific community delved into understanding the ecology of smoke as a seed dormancy-breaking mechanism in fire-prone environments. Most research to date has focused on the fire-prone Mediterranean environments of the western U.S. A., Western Australia and South Africa. These environments are among the richest floristic regions in the world, and require ecological understanding in order to be managed properly. This includes knowledge of that role that smoke plays in these ecosystems.

Ecology of Plant-Derived Smoke presents accounts of 1355 species of plants, from 120 families, whose seed have been tested for their response to aerosol smoke, smoke-water, and plant-derived smoke. Each account includes a short summary of research findings, along with any other relevant information. Ecology of Plant-Derived Smoke is a comprehensive resource for ecologists seeking to understand the properties of smoke as they relate to ecosystems.

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Fencing, A Practical Handbook, 2009. NSW Department of Primary Industries
grow Why build a fence?
Well-constructed, well positioned fencing is one of the most effective management tools you can have. But you need to identify your reason for building a fence. The first questions to consider are: Why are you building it? Where are you building it?
There are many reasons for building a fence.
Stock management, land and pasture management, crop and stock protection, human safety, legal requirements etc.
Why reasons matter.
It is important to identify the reason. The type of stock and the intensity of land use both influence the pressure on a fence. Behaviours of the animals you want to keep in, or out, determines the type of fence that suits you best. A fence is really just a bluff for animals and they need to be educated to it when they are young.
If you know how your animals, think, react and behave you can build a good fence to control them. Some livestock need stronger fences than others. Fences for cattle need higher fences than sheep; deer require expensive fencing; wool growing sheep are timid in their approach to a fence whereas cross-bred ewes are frequently aggressive in attempting to crawl through or under a fence. Cattle are more inclined to rub on fences. Bulls and stallions put tremendous pressure on a fence.

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The Secret Life of Flies. Erica McAlister, 2017. The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.
grow Enter a hidden world of snail killers, silly names and crazy sex lives in The Secret Life of Flies. Entomologist Erica McAlister dispels many common misconceptions as she reveals how truly amazing, exotic and important these creatures really are.

In the Secret Life of Flies Erica gets under the wings of these crucial creatures as she adventures into the land of the fly. From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, dance flies and the much maligned mosquito, she describes the different types of fly, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life.

Erica travels from the drawers of wonder at the Natural History Museum, London to the mountains of Peru, via underground caves, smelly latrines and the English country garden. She discovers flies without wings, eyes on stalks, rotating genitalia and the terrible hairy fly, while pausing along the way to consider today’s key issues of conservation, taxonomy, forensic entomology and climate change.

Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Erica allows us to peer – amazed and captivated – into the secret life of flies.

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Australian Insects: A Natural History. Bert Brunet, 2010. New Holland Publishers.
grow If there’s one thing that defines insects, it’s endurance. Nowhere on earth is this endurance, this capacity to survive, better illustrated than in Australia.

Today Australia has the oldest living crickets, lacewings, beetles and ants, and the only silent cicadas in the world. While these ancestral forms have disappeared from other continents, they have hung on in Australia, maintaining their close associations with the native plants and animals, enduring and adapting through the millennia.

Insects are survivors. Since their evolution in the Devonian, some 365 million years ago, they have penetrated almost every habitat on Earth. Today in Australia there are over 100,000 species crawling, flying, hopping and hurrying across the continent. Their responses to the challenges of this vast and often inhospitable land have been an array of clever adaptations. Every major insect group has found a way to live here successfully and some of the world’s oldest lineages of insects continue to survive in Australia despite their extinction elsewhere.

Australian Insects: a Natural History records the physical attributes and lifestyle developments that have made life on this continent possible for insects. It reveals worlds that we often glimpse at but rarely stop to consider.

With an authoritative text, 300 superb full-colour photographs and many detailed illustrations, Australian Insects: a Natural History turns the spotlight on the lives of these ingenious and magnificently adaptive animals.

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Dig Deeper, Seasonal, sustainable Australian gardening. Meredith Kirton, 2014. Murdoch Books.
grow Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener. Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables. Containing step-by-step projects, feature plants, and advice and information on everything from the more unusual cultivars and creating heirloom crops to using grey water and groundcovers to beat soil erosion, Dig Deeper provides answers for all your garden and plant-related queries.

Many gardening techniques are like craft skills, passed down in person from one generation to the next; sadly, that means that some skills are lost over time. Within these pages you’ll find many of these techniques, explained and illustrated clearly step by step, or broken down into easy-to-follow points.

The gardening year naturally divides into four seasons, each characterised By certain events, cycles of life and the weather. This book is likewise divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter, following nature’s pattern. Each of the four chapters begins with an overview, a synopsis of what the season has in store.

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The Compost Book, David & Yvonne Taylor, 1993. Reed New Holland.
grow Did you know that charcoal makes a great slow-release plant food? Or that yoghurt speeds up compost activity and that chamomile keeps your heap smelling sweet? In The Compost Book the authors David & Yvonne Taylor divulge the secrets of good compost-making. They have been experimenting with compost since 1985, when they began creating a city community garden on a site of builders’ fill. You’d be surprised what you can throw into a compost heap instead of into your garbage bin. But it’s not just a haphazard affair. The best composts have a balance of nitrogen to carbon, acidity/ alkalinity and temperature, some are fast, others slow, some are tossed, others cook under cover. Compost is a natural fertilizer. It will condition your soil and give you strong soil growth, bright flowers, pungent perfumes and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

The Compost Book will show you what can and cannot be composted, whether to encourage or discourage the living things hunting your heap and all about bins, boxes, tumblers, shredders and munchers. You will learn about the varying potency of certain manures and about some useful properties of herbs in the heap. You will discover how to apply compost to flowerbeds, shrubs and fruit trees and how to use it as a potting or seedling mix.

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Poisonous Plants of Australia (Revised Edition), Selwyn L. Everist, 1974. Angus & Robertson.
grow Astronomical losses have occurred from poisonous plants since white man began opening up the country with sheep and cattle. Little of the knowledge of the Aboriginals was passed on to the early settlers but gradually information was collected by landholders, veterinarians, botanists and others. This work unites that information in a single, comprehensive reference brought completely up to date in this revision.

There is no easy way to tell whether a plant is poisonous to animals or harmless, no particular characteristic of taste, smell or appearance by which to distinguish the toxic from the non-toxic with certainty; most poisonous plants produce effects which are not specific. However, if the plants consumed by affected animals can be identified, it is very often possible to make an effective diagnosis, provided the properties of the plant are known – this book makes such diagnosis possible.

It describes Australian plants (native and introduced) that are known to be capable of poisoning livestock, summarizes their distribution and poisonous properties and indicates measures which may be taken to prevent poisoning or to treat affected animals.

This book is for loan from the centre.
Plastic Free: how I kicked the Plastic Habit and how you can too (revised & updated). Beth Terry, 2015, Skyhorse Publishing Company

Publisher’s Description: Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style—well known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life—Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Terry includes handy lists and charts for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals— Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create a change on a larger scale. Plastic-Free also includes chapters on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren’t as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.

People who are just waking up to the problems of plastic will find the step-by-step approach useful and non-intimidating. Those who are a lot further along the path will find plenty to further challenge themselves. Everyone will be inspired by the interviews with some amazing activists and entrepreneurs who are going beyond personal changes to have an even greater impact in the world. And look for tips from community members.

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Tracks, Scats and Other Traces, a field guide to Australian Mammals. Revised Edition. Barbara Triggs, 2004, Oxford University Press
grow The tracks, scats and other traces of animal activity are not difficult to find. Look at the ground as you walk along any dusty bush track or muddy stream bank, step off the track into the forest and study the forest floor and the trunks of trees around you, leave the road anywhere in Australia’s dry inland and be amazed at the variety of marks in the sand; pause as you ski along a cross-country trail long enough to examine those patterns in the snow – in all these and many other places you will find another dimension, a new and complex mammal world.

Mammals inhabit every corner of our vast continent, yet the great majority of species are seldom seen. The only clue to their presence might be a footprint left on a muddy track, a rocky ledge, or bones scattered on a forest floor. Barbara Triggs provides all the information needed to identify mammals anywhere in Australia, using only the tracks or other signs they leave behind.

Tracks, Scats and Other Traces is organised for easy identification of the visible traces left by Australian mammals. This guide is divided into four sections: • Tracks – line drawings are matched with photographs of the same tracks in sand or mud; • Scats – the faeces of 128 species are illustrated in colour. A selection of scats and a distribution map and habitat information are given for each species; • Shelters, feeding signs and other traces – provides detailed descriptions and more than 70 colour photographs of the distinctive traces of mammals; • Bones – forty full-page plates of sculls, lower jaws, humeri and fenurs cover 38 commonly found species, and a detailed guide covers all mammal groups.
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The Bee Friendly Garden, easy ways to help the bees and make your garden grow. 2016. Doug Purdie.
austgardens “Let’s go back to that idea from right at the beginning…when you stand outside, imagine a backyard or balcony packed with flowering plants and, in the air, the chirp of crickets, the squawk of birds, and, of course the buzz of bees, just as it’s meant to be”

Bees are our most important pollinators and they are in decline the world over. They love to live in urban environments, where it’s a short flight path from one plant to the next. But conventional gardens that favour lawns and pesticides over flowers and edible plants are scaring the good bugs away.

The Bee Friendly Garden is a guide for all gardeners great and small to encouraging bees and other good bugs to your green space. Includes:
• How bees forage and why your garden needs them • A comprehensive plant guide to bee friendly plants • Simple changes anybody can make • Ideas for gardens of all sizes • Natural pest control and companion planting advice

“Increasingly, people want to know what they can do to provide forage for bees and how they can get involved in the movement to help our bees and other beneficial bugs. Hopefully, this book answers some of those questions and will help transform your backyard or balcony from an insect desert into a bug nirvana, as we save our bees one garden at a time” Doug Purdie This book is for loan from the centre.
The case against fragrance. Kate Grenville, 2017. The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, VIC.
grow When Kate Grenville was tiny, her mother had a tiny, precious bottle of perfume on her dressing table and on special occasions she’d put a dab behind her ears. The smell of Arpege was always linked in her mind with excitement and pleasure – her Mum with her hair done, wearing her best dress and her pearls, off for a night out.

Kate had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. On a book tour, dogged by ill heath, she started wondering: what’s in fragrance? What does it do to people?

The more she investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told. Fragrance isn’t made of flowers now, but synthetic chemicals. Some of them can be linked not just to headaches, but to asthma and allergies, hormone disruption and cancer. These chemicals are released onto to the market without testing. Their use is regulated by the same people who make them. And they don’t have to be listed on labels. Our world is awash with scented products containing these potentially damaging ingredients.

Based on carful research into the science of scent, yet accessible and personal, The Case Against Fragrance will make you see – and smell – the world differently. This book is available for loan from the centre.

Wildlife of Greater Adelaide, James I.D. Smith, foreward by Chris Daniels. 2016. Axiom Publishers, Stepney SA
grow The city of Adelaide and its immediate surroundings contain some truly remarkable wildlife. The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region is recognised nationally and internationally for its faunal diversity, which is, for the most part, abundant and accessible. Wildlife communities are found here that occur nowhere else on earth.

A rich collection of animal species can be seen in the region’s conservation parks and large bush blocks in the Adelaide Hills, and along watercourses to the coastal dunes and beaches. While the greatest variety exists in the natural and bushland areas, many species inhabit urban parks, golf courses, school grounds and backyards. Small numbers are even able to exploit the inner city and occupy human dwellings.

Mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fishes, insects, spiders, crustaceans, snails and worms are amongst the diverse array of wildlife described and displayed within these pages. Emphasis has been placed on the most common, well-known or potentially dangerous species recorded across the region.

The wildlife of Greater Adelaide is the most comprehensive wildlife guide to the Greater Adelaide region and is a must-have addition for anyone interested in our local wildlife. Whether you are simply looking to identify the wild neighbours with which you share your own backyard or you are a seasoned naturalist looking to further expand your knowledge, this book is the perfect companion.

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Forces of Nature, Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen. 2016. HarperCollins Publishers
grow What is motion? Why is every snowflake different? Why is life symmetrical?
To answer these any many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events here on Earth and in the Universe beyond.
From the immensity of the Universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to the extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the Universe beyond.
Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the Universe.
This ground breaking book is a breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet.
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Paradise is Underwater, Memoir of a marine biologist. 2016. Dr Scoresby A Shepherd AO.
grow Paradise is Underwater presents the life of a marine biologist and fisheries worker in South Australian from his earliest days in the country to the present. After a troubled youth, trapped by strict parents within a cult, he escaped just at the time when diving gear first became available in Australia. He donned an aqualung and was at once inspired for life, enthused with a sublime sense of the mysteries underwater that only increased the deeper he went.

Lovers of the sea will be enthralled by these lyrical memoirs, full of astonishing facts about the hidden and fleeting beauties of underwater life. All is woven together into a seductive blend of underwater research, travels to many parts of the world, and diving experiences in all oceans and seas, starting in Australian waters and then in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the coasts of Mexico, the Arabian Gulf and Alaskan waters.

Mingled with these reminiscences is an account of studies of a marine shellfish – the abalone – and efforts to prevent overfishing of that valuable resource.

All is written easily, poetically, with frankness and humour in a mix with history, philosophy and literature – enchanting at every level.

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The Oldest Foods on Earth, A History of Australian Native Foods with recipes, John Newton. 2016. NewSouth Publishing, Uni of NSW Press Ltd.
grow “This is a book about Australian food, the flora and fauna that nourished Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years. It is because European Australians have hardly touched these foods for over 200 years that I am writing it”.

We celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun the foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. We love superfoods from remote exotic locations, yet reject those that grow here. We say we revere sustainable local produce, yet ignore Australian native plants and animals that are better for the land than European ones.

In this, the most important of his books, John Newton boils down these paradoxes by arguing that if you are what you eat, we need to eat different foods – foods that will help to reconcile us with the land and its first inhabitants.

With recipes from chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Maggie Beer and Rene Redzepi’s sous chef Beau Clugston, The Oldest Foods on Earth will convince you that this is one food revolution that really matters.
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The Fleurieu & Southern Coasts. 2014. Neville Collins.
grow The Fleurieu and Southern Coasts examines various aspects of the southernmost part of the Mount Lofty Ranges extending from McLaren Vale to Cape Jervis which has become a popular tourist destination in South Australia.

Situated in close proximity to the capital of South Australia, Adelaide, and with fertile soils and reliable rainfall, it was one of the earliest areas to be settled in the state. The Fleurieu still retains a rural aspect, and this, combined with spectacular scenery, especially along the coastline, has resulted in it becoming increasingly tourist oriented and a location where many of the South Australian populace tend to retire to or have vacation residences.

The book should act as a ready reference for those exploring, residing or intending to reside in this beautiful region. The chapters on vegetation, fauna, birds and reptiles will be of particular interest to the amateur naturalist while the maps, numerous colour and historical photographs should have general appeal.

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The Bee Book, Beekeeping Basics, Harvesting Honey, Beeswax, Candles and other Bee Business. 2010. Anne Cliff. Manna Press. Melbourne.
grow Honey has been an important food for people for thousands of years. Their desire for it led to the 'domestication' of bees, through crafting artificial beehives and manipulating the bees' food sources. But quite apart from the harvests of honey and wax, the life-giving role of bees in pollinating many plants that people rely on for food, has made them the stuff of legend, mystery, worship and, nowadays, also controversy.

Although some people believe that our reliance on bees for the cultivation of food crops is much exaggerated (as some major staples like rice, wheat and even potatoes don't need them), there is no doubt that there are many crops whose very survival depends on bees. And that is why the recent, somewhat mysterious decline in bee populations around the world is so concerning to people who worry about the future of our natural environment.

Anyone interested in growing food, who wants to find out what a beehive or two will give them, even on such a small scale as the suburban backyard or the terrace-house garden, will find this book an indispensable introduction to keeping bees.

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Miniature Lives, Identifying Insects in Your Home and Garden. Michelle Gleeson. 2016. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South VIC 3169
grow “This indispensable guide to insect-watching will fill an important role in insect conservation and as a reference work, as it introduces new generations to the diverse, secretive, often beautiful and always intriguing miniature lives of insects”. Densey Clyne.

We can’t avoid insects. They scurry past us in the kitchen, pop up in our gardens, or are presented to us in jars by inquisitive children. Despite encountering them on a daily basis, most people don’t know an aphid from an antlion, and identifying an insect using field guides or internet searches can be daunting.

Miniature Lives provides a range of simple strategies that people can use to identify and learn more about the insects in their homes and gardens. Featuring a step-by-step, illustrated identification key and detailed illustrations and colour photographs, the book guides the reader through the basics of entomology (the study of insects). Simple explanations, amusing analogies and quirky facts describe where insects live, how they grow and protect themselves, the clues they leave behind and their status as friend or foe in a way that is both interesting and easy to understand.

Gardeners, nature lovers, students, teachers, and parents and grandparents of bug-crazed kids will love this comprehensive guide to the marvellous diversity of insects that surround us and the miniature lives they lead.
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Gardening Australia FLORA, the gardener’s bible. 2003. ABC Books, Ultimo NSW
grow This comprehensive, beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of plants contains information on over 20,000 plants from all around the world. Organized in an A to Z format by botanical name, the individual entries provide a detailed description of each plant and its features, notes on origin, cultivation requirements, growth habit and propagation.

With a foreword by respected author and gardener Peter Cundall, the introductory section features many of the Gardening Australia team, who provide up-to-date discussions on a wide range of issues. There are double-page spreads on each of the country’s six main climate zones, with detailed explanations of the characteristics and gardening needs of each zone and stunning photographs of typical plants accompanying each of the zones. As well, the introduction features articles relevant to today’s gardener, from topics such as landscape design basics to gardening with natives and organic gardening.

This book covers all the plant groups: trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, bulbs, corms and tubers, cacti and succulents, lawns, ground covers, ornamental grasses, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, other fruits, nut trees, palms and cycads, ferns, climbers and creepers, bromeliads, carnivorous plants and orchids.

Written by a team of local and international botanical and horticultural writers, this book will allow all gardeners to choose the perfect plants for their garden and expand their knowledge of the wealth of plants available.
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Making a meal of it: smart ways to buy, store and use up food. 2011. Jane Willcox and Rosemary Cadden. Wakefield Press. Kent Town, SA.
grow "Two black bananas, one sad carrot, a bunch of slimy coriander and half a loaf of stale bread. That's how this book began; with a quick list of the food about to go to waste in our homes. Talking on the phone one day about how much perfectly good food people throw away, we headed into our respective kitchens to see which of us was the worst waster. Let's just say we called it a draw. And that's when we decided to write this book."

What to do with that one sad carrot? Making a meal of it is a guide to making the most of the food we feel guilty about throwing away.

Bursting with tips, ideas and recipes, this book tells you how to buy the best, keep it fresh, and make use of every bit – and, when you forgot, how to restore and revive. The ideas are simple and flexible, from tasty solutions for last night's leftovers to easy recipes for a bulk buy or garden harvest.

Find out: • which everyday vegetable is healthier cooked than raw • what staple causes food poisoning in the home • why you shouldn't put a vase of flowers near the fruit bowl • why apes peel their bananas from the other end Tuck in and make a meal of it. You'll save time and money, and a bit of the planet too.
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The Coral Battleground. Judith Wright 1996. Angus & Robertson.
grow The story of the groundbreaking campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef, by Australia's foremost poet – Judith Wright.

Teeming with life, Australia's Great Barrier Reef region covers 350,000 square kilometres. That it still survives is a legacy of activists, such as poet Judith Wright, who in 1967 were branded as 'cranks' and 'anti-progressive visionaries'.

What began as a small group of dedicated conservationists in Queensland, battling to save the Ellison Reef from coral-limestone mining and the Swain Reefs from oil exploration, swelled to encompass scientists, trade unionists and politicians throughout Australia, and led in 1976 to the establishment of a guardian body: the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

'There are not many success stories in the attempts we make to save especially important elements of the natural world from our own greeds and needs. Here at the end of the twentieth century, we have lost or destroyed a great deal already, and we know that much more is likely to vanish. But the story of the rescue of the Great Barrier Reef still throws a light on the present and gives hope for the future', Judith Wright.
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The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. Tanya L.K. Denckla, 2003. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.
grow Why choose organic gardening over conventional methods when it requires greater commitment? This book will inspire you to take on the challenge, and the result will be delicious food from a garden that is healthy for the children to play in and for the gardener to tend

The Industrial revolution brought mechanization and precise replication to the world of manufacture. The "green revolution" of the mid-twentieth century brought similar change to the world of agriculture. To tackle the daunting task of feeding the world's hungry, science and agriculture joined forces to create new crop hybrids, fertilizers, and pesticides that produced, first in the United States and then elsewhere, yields that were truly miraculous.

Since the early success of the green revolution, however, the world and our understanding of it have fundamentally changed. The information age and globalization have given rise–and credibility-to the movement for sustainability, which seeks to work in ways that ensure resources are constantly replenished and renewed, not depleted and damaged. The sustainable model is all encompassing and can be applied to agriculture, business and natural and human resources.

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to growing organic food: 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Formulas and techniques that control 201 pests and diseases organically. This book is available for loan from the centre.

Care-free plants. 2010. Readers Digest (Australia), Surrey Hills, NSW.
grow Who doesn't yearn for a garden filled with lush and colourful plants? And who wouldn't like their home to be surrounded by a really beautiful garden? But if you're like most of us, you'll wonder whether you can find the time and make the effort needed to create your own Eden.

Care-free Plants shows you how you can have a fantastic garden and still have time to relax and enjoy it. When you match the right care-free plant to the condition of your site, then gardening becomes easy. You'll quickly discover how you can develop a wonderful garden in your spare time without getting backache and spending a fortune.

You'll find that no matter where you live, there are plenty of suggestions for plants that will thrive in your garden. Whether you are gardening in a sunny spot, by a windy beach or a busy thoroughfare, or in a shady, boggy niche, the following pages will offer you schemes that feature the easiest to grow, most rewarding, most foolproof and most problem-free plants for your site. This book is available for loan from the centre.

Planet to plate: the Earth Hour cookbook. 2015. WWF Australia, NSW.
grow Food is the fabric of our society. Planet to Plate is a fantastic opportunity for the broader community to meet some of our wonderful Australian farmers, share the stories and start thinking about food and how they value in a different way.

Climate change is one of the top pressures facing farmers. If we let it continue, people's access to a choice of food will dwindle. People's access to affordable food will decline. This is what we have to wake up to.

Planet to Plate brings together 52 delicious recipes from Australia's top chefs in the name of celebrating and protecting our fresh produce. With mouth-watering celebrity dishes, evocative photography and firsthand stories from farmers about how rising temperatures and more extreme weather is already affecting our food, Planet to Plate will inspire you to live the spirit of Earth Hour, every hour. This book is available for loan from the centre.

Living Waters: ecology of animals in swamps, rivers, lakes and dams. Nick Romanowski 2013. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Vic.
grow Far more that a natural history, Living Waters explains the underlying forces that drive ecological change and movement in Australian wetlands.

Wetlands are often seen as the ultimate symbol of beauty and tranquillity, the clear waters sheltering mysterious animals in a world where change is gentle and slow, from dragonflies skimming above their own reflections to the fishes glimpsed briefly below. Yet Australian wetlands are among the most varied and changeable habitats found anywhere, and the many creatures that live out their lives in and around water are superbly adapted to some of the most unpredictable ecosystems in the world.

This book follows the diverse common themes and patterns that link inland waters from Tasmania to the tropics. It shows how cycles of change, the ways that different wetland animals travel through and between wetlands, and the interactions of the animals themselves create an ever-changing ecological kaleidoscope. Drawing on what is known of the biology, ecology and even genetics of many of the most abundant, widespread and successful groups of animals, the author shows similarities to wetlands in other parts of the world, as well as some of the more extreme environments and specialised animals that are unique to this continent.This book is available for loan from the centre.

Bird Minds, cognition and behaviour of Australian native birds. Gisela Kaplan 2015. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South Vic.
grow Gisela Kaplan is a Professor at the University of New England and an Honorary Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. She is the author of over 250 research articles and 21 books and has conducted groundbreaking research into vocal learning, communication and cognition in in birds and other vertebrates.

In her comprehensive and carefully crafted book, Gisela Kaplan demonstrates how intelligent and emotional Australian birds can be. She describes complex behaviours such as grieving, deception, problem solving and the use of tools. Many Australian birds cooperate and defend each other, and exceptional ones go fishing by throwing breadcrumbs in the water, extract poisonous parts from prey and use tools to crack open eggshells and mussels. Kaplan brings together evidence of many such cognitive abilities, suggesting plausible reasons for their appearance in Australian birds.

Bird Minds is the first attempt to shine a critical and scientific light on the cognitive behaviour of Australian land birds. In this fascinating book, the author also presents recent changes in our understanding of the avian brain and links these to life histories and longevity.This book is available for loan from the centre.

Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community and the Whole Earth.
Jessie Bloom & Dave Boehnlein, 2015. Timber Press Inc.
grow The idea behind permaculture is simple: take care of the earth and the earth will take care of you. In clear, logical steps, Practical Permaculture offers the tools you need to live a life rich in healthy food, safe housing and renewable resources.

The book covers the basic principles of permaculture, showing the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, with detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals and structures that make up the garden. Filled with real-life examples from all over the world, this invaluable resource will help you turn your property into a sustainable ecosystem.

We are at a crossroads and need to start making changes. Many of us rely on systems that are beyond our control – the industrial food system, municipal waste and water systems, the energy grid, to name a few. But we don't have to rely on those systems – we can be more self-sufficient and take back the reins. We can remember that human life has an ecological purpose and function.

Each reader may come to this book on a different path, but we all have something in common: we're human, in this together, and we belong to the intricate web of life that Chief Seattle describes. We are all born into that connection and are hardwired to feel it, but depending on our experience of life, we may be pulled away from it. Humans are inherently always looking for a better quality of life – for health, happiness, comfort and financial stability, among other things. However, it is easy to look ahead and see that many of the choices we as a species have made in that quest are not going to sustain us.This book is available for loan from the centre.
The Jetties of South Australia – past and present Revised and Expanded Edition.
Neville Collins, 2010. Hyde Park Press Pty Ltd., Richmond S.A.
grow At one time there were over one hundred jetties around the South Australian coastline. In this revised edition of The Jetties of South Australia – past and present the author examines each of them in a readily readable format complemented with numerous photographs, together with a 16 page colour centrespread.

"The term 'jetty' has been defined in many ways…a structure built out from land, made of iron, steel, cement, timber or a combination of these and used as a working platform or for recreational needs…most of the jetties in South Australia are, today, used for recreational purposes…the attraction of the jetty for most people is that it allows them to walk out onto water without getting their feet wet"

This expanded book, like the first edition, is likely to become a reference point for students and local historians when researching the state's maritime history as well as a useful addition to the bookshelves of those interested in the past.This book is for loan from the centre.
Jewel of the Australian desert: Native Peach (Quandong).
Neville Bonney 2013. Published by Neville Bonney, Tantanoola, SA.
grow It is highly unlikely that any other edible Australian Native Plant has created as much interest as Native Peach/Quandong, Santalum acuminatum. This plant is now embedded in Australian folklore and holds nostalgic memories for many people.

This book is a major step forward in our understanding of the Quangdong or Native Peach, one of Australia's iconic wild food plants. Known by so many across its range there are numerous stories about the Quangdong and it has become part of the folklore of the regions where it grows.

This fully illustrated book follows its journey through prehistoric times, ancient Aboriginal history, botany, Australian land exploration, early settlers, arts and craft through to farming the species and its use as a popular cooking ingredient in modern Australia.This book is for loan from the centre.
A Guide to the Spiders of Australia.
Volker W. Framenau, Barbara C. Baehr and Paul Zborowski 2014. New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd, London. Sydney. Auckland.
grow Few animals rival spiders in their diversity of forms and colour, ecological abundance and complexity of behaviours and importance, and complexity of behaviours. Spiders have inspired awe amongst arachnologists and naturalists and at the same time are feared by many. The Australian continent and its offshore islands and territories harbour an estimated diversity of some 8,500 species in 850 genera and 79 families; however, only about 3,500 species in about 650 genera are currently described.

A Guide to the Spiders of Australia is the first comprehensive guide to Australian spiders to cover all 79 families that occur in this country. Almost 400 colour photos of live spiders and about 50 images of their webs are complemented by 50 microscopic shots taken in the laboratory to illustrate the very smallest of spiders. A number of scientific drawings clarify particular features of spiders.
This book is for loan from the centre.
Guide to Urban Wildlife
grow A Guide to Urban Wildlife: 250 creatures you meet on your street. Professor Christopher B. Daniels 2011. Harper Collins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd, 25 Ryde Road, Pymble, Sydney, NSW.

Have you ever wondered what that peculiar insect sitting on a leaf in your backyard is called? What about the antics of those acrobatic possums that swing along the phone lines at dusk? And the beautiful lizard that lives under a stone near the compost bin?

In every Australian suburban street there is a secret universe (seen but not really understood) of animals that live alongside us. In A Guide to Urban Wildlife, Professor Christopher B. Daniels introduces you to 250 creatures that live on your street, in your backyard, in the air, at your local beach or even in your house, and takes you on a tour of their world, a world increasingly affected by its interaction with its human neighbours.

In this fascinating book, you will learn how to recognise book, you will learn how to recognise the animals you live among, and find out about their behaviours, ways of communicating, eating habits and peculiarities.

This book is the essential guide for any nature lover, or anyone who wants to know more about the surprising lives of the creatures around us.
Creating Your Eco-Friendly Garden
Mary Horsfall 2008. CSIRO Publishing, 150 Oxford Street, Collingwood, VIC.
grow You have bought a new house, or are in the process of having one built. Maybe you have bought an old house with a minimal garden, one of those all too familiar patch-of-lawn-and- tangled-shrubs-around-the-edges jobs. Having made this major commitment, it is only natural that your thoughts will turn to how you can create a new garden that will enhance your home and complement your lifestyle.

Creating Your Eco-friendly Garden shows you how to develop an environmentally friendly garden for little cost. The book offers advice on planning your garden, choosing plants, planting times, watering options and pest management following organic principles. It explains how to assess the soil and microclimatic effects of surrounding buildings and vegetation so that you can determine the style of garden that best suits your property.

Water efficiency, biodiversity, soil conservation, use of native and biodiversity-friendly plants, organic methods, use of recycled materials and avoidance of environmental weeds are themes that feature strongly throughout the book, and will appeal to gardeners with strong environmental values.
This book is for loan from the centre.
Dung Down Under: dung beetles for Australia. Bernard Doube and Tim Marshall, 2014. Dung Beetle Solutions Australia,
wattleseed "This essential reference provides a detailed insight into the world of the dung beetle", Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery.

The introduction of domestic stock to Australia created a huge dung pollution problem because native dung beetles were unable to dispose of it. Introduced dung beetles from Europe and Southern Africa have partially solved this problem but there is much more to be done. Dung Down Under: dung beetles for Australia is the first farmer-friendly book on the ecology and management of dung beetles in Australia, possibly the world. It is an essential reference for farmers, Landcare groups and environmental organisations concerned with sustainable land management. The book examines the ecological, environmental and production benefits of dung beetles, and provides a non-technical analysis of their value and potential role in increasing soil carbon storage.
This book is for loan from the centre.
The Nestbox Book: enjoy the wonder of nesting. Compiled by Gould Group, 2008. Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Vic.
Although nestboxes cannot replace the millions of tree hollows that have been lost, they can greatly benefit wildlife in areas of human habitation, where hollows are extremely rare.
Nestboxes can provide an opportunity for native birds and mammals to breed that they wouldn't have otherwise.

This practical and informative book guides you through the process of selecting, constructing, installing and maintaining a selection of nestboxes for a variety of native Australian birds and mammals.

This book is available for loan from the centre.
From Seeds to Leaves: a complete guide to growing Australian shrubs and trees from seed. Doug & Robin Stewart, 2008. Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne.
If you have an interest in the power of seeds to transform the earth, or in planting Australian native trees and shrubs on a small scale or large, From Seeds to Leaves is the book for you. It describes how to:
  • Collect your own fruit and nuts
  • Extract, store to germinate the seeds in the right way and in the best season
  • Use smoke to germinate seed normally difficult to grow
  • Plant out, water, mulch, protect, fertilise and prune your plants for best results.

  • As well, there are sections on botanical names and identifying plants by flower and seed, and an ABC of information about Australian species. Procedures are set out in easy table form and there are lists of plants for a variety of special purposes. This book is a must-have for anyone who is keen to preserve our native environment - Jamie Durie
    This book is for loan from the centre.
The New Organic Gardener: the essential reference for Australian gardeners, Tim Marshall, Principal photographer Dan Schultz. ABC Books
growOrganic gardening is much more than simply throwing a bit of mulch onto your garden beds. A true organic gardener adopts a holistic approach, starting with the most precious organic element of all: the soil. Tim Marshall's passion and love of gardening is present on every page of this book. He not only guides you through the principles of organic gardening, he explains the reasons behind these principles and why they work. Successful organic gardening, Tim fervently argues, is not just a matter of blindly following a set of rules, it is about experimenting, being creative and making discoveries about how plants best thrive and flourish in your unique garden. "Without question, this is the great informative book organic gardeners everywhere have been waiting for. It contains everything anyone wishes to know about how to grow things without the use of poisons or disruptive chemical fertilisers." Peter Cundall
This book is available for loan from the centre.
Native Mice and Rats, Bill Breed and Fred Ford. CSIRO Publishing, 2007, Collingwood Vic. Australian Natural History Series
Australia's native rodents are the most ecologically diverse family of Australian mammals. There are about 60 living species - all within the subfamily Murinae - representing around 25 per cent of all species of Australian mammals.

Native Mice and Rats describes the evolution and ecology of this much-neglected group of animals. It details the diversity of their reproductive biology, their dietary adaptations and social behaviour.

The book also includes information on rodent parasites and diseases, and concludes by outlining the changes in distribution of the various species since the arrival of Europeans as well as current conservation programs.

This book is available for loan from the centre.
David Attenborough's First Life: a journey back in time by Matt Kaplan with Josh Young. Introduction by David Attenborough.
2010, Harper Collins Publishers, London.

The history of life is the most spectacular epic tale. Its storyline spans billions of years, from the dawn of life in Earth's ancient and hostile environment to the invasion of land by the first terrestrial organisms. The journey of life is full of bizarre, primitive creatures, from giant, bracken-like fronds to five-eyed predators with corkscrew mouths. Catastrophes as well as happy accidents pepper the rich evolutionary journey of animals.

David Attenborough's First Life takes you on a journey back in time to the key moments in the development of life on earth. With material and images from the BBC television series.

This book is available for loan from the Centre.
Composting: the ultimate organic guide to recycling your garden. Tim Marshall 2008. Harper Collins Publisher, Sydney.
growComposting is easy, rewarding and profitable: your garden will benefit and so will the environment. This book tells you what you need to know about recycling in your own backyard.

Composting: the ultimate organic guide to recycling your garden is a comprehensive, easy to use, practical guide to soil improvement. It also recognises that time spent close to the soil expands the gardener's understanding of biodiversity and the need to make room for nature's complex processes, even in our cities and backyards - an awareness we must develop to maintain our land and water resources sustainably.

Chapters include:
How to build a compost heapAnaerobic composting
Compost ingredients Solving compost problems
Tools A guide to mulching
Composting with worms Composting for specific purposes

This book is for loan from the centre.
Mistletoes of Southern Australia. David M Watson, illustrations by Robyn Hulley. 2011, CSIRO Publishing.
grow Mistletoes are a distinctive group of native plants found throughout Australia, from Wilsons Promontory to Cape York, Byron Bay to Monkey Mia and most regions in between. In addition to forest and woodland, desert and heathland, mistletoes also abound in urban and agricultural areas, making some of the most cosmopolitan plants of the continent.
Mistletoes are an enigmatic group of plants. Lacking roots and depending on other plants for their livelihood, they have inspired a range of beliefs throughout the world. Some people regard them as mystical plants endowed with magical properties, others as destructive weeds that devalue native habitats, and still others as beautiful native plants that support wildlife.

With 51 specially commissioned watercolours by artist Robyn Hulley and more than 130 colour photographs, Mistletoes of Southern Australia is the definitive authority on these intriguing native plants.
The Native Plants of Adelaide: returning the vanishing natural heritage of the Adelaide Plains to your garden, Phil Bagust & Lynda Tout-Smith. 2010. Wakefield Press.
grow Australian native plants have been a popular option for gardeners for many years, but only rarely are the words "locally indigenous" used when selecting species.
Locally indigenous natives are the plants that evolved to grow naturally in a particular area. In the case of the Adelaide metropolitan area, these plants remain almost unknown by the general public, largely because the unique native woodlands and wetlands of the Adelaide Plains have long since succumbed to urban development.

This pocket-sized guide aims to bring the very beautiful -but now largely forgotten- indigenous flora of Adelaide back into the spotlight for nature enthusiasts and home gardeners alike. The Native Plants of Adelaide profiles over 100 of the most important (and formerly most common) indigenous species. Each plant is depicted by at least one photograph accompanied by information about its former distribution, uses for humans, and good tips about growing it in your own garden.
This book is available for loan from the centre.
Grow your Own Bushfoods
grow Grow your Own Bushfoods: a complete guide to planting, eating and harvesting. Keith and Irene Smith, 2013. New Holland Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Most people have heard of Australian bush tucker and know it is collected from trees and plants in the wild. But the idea of growing your own bushfoods, just like ordinary fruits and vegetables, is new and fairly radical. Grow Your Own Bushfoods has been created to change all that. The five major kinds of bushfoods - leaf flavours, fruits, vegetables and tubers, seeds and nuts, and nectar - are all dealt with separately in the first five chapters and chapter six guides you through growing bushfoods.

Austral doubah, bush tomatoes, Davidson plum, geebungs, lemon myrtle, lilly pilly, midyimberry, riberry, quandong, warrigal greens and wattleseed are all indigenous food-bearing plants which grow in the bush or the outback, but imagine going into your own garden and picking them to eat! This book tells you how to grow and harvest 150 kinds of Aussie bushfoods right in your own backyard. "We have always been organic gardeners, conscious of the fragility of our environment. Growing bushfoods is a logical step in thinking globally and acting locally
Wattle Seed: the kitchen handbook
wattleseed by Linda Hoffmann. 2012
Features 35 recipes using Australian native wattle seed.
The difficult rural and financial times in the 1990s prompted the owners of Footeside Farm, Eudunda to research ways of increasing farm resources and their business. This book shares some of the knowledge gathered by growing, harvesting, processing, storing and most importantly using wattle seed in the home kitchen. Whether it's a special occasion, dinner with friends or a cosy liaison, you can impress with the unique flavours of Australia. Featuring a range of recipes including marinades, dressings, pancakes and pasta through to desserts and drinks
Wattle seed flavour when roasted is nutty, creamy and has tones of mocha. This versatility means it can be used in either savoury or sweet dishes. The benefits of wattle seed have not been fully explored to date. Relatively high in protein and low in the glycaemic index. Dark roasted wattle seed can be used as an alternative to coffee. To date those with gluten allergies have not had reactions to wattle seed.
For anyone interested in learning more about making use of native foods this book is an ideal guide.
This book is for loan from the centre.
Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate
Jenna Reed Burns, photography by Simon Griffiths. 2008, Penguin Books
austgardens Gardens enhance our lives, add value to our properties and provide food and habitat for native fauna. Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate guides today's gardener through the challenges of climate change and its effect on our environment. The need for water restrictions and scarcity of water doesn't mean we have to forgo gardening altogether - simply that the style of our gardens has to change. A lot has been written about how to save water in the garden, but this book goes further - featuring twenty-five inspiring examples of dry-climate gardening in various situations around the country.

Divided into five broad categories (City, Native, Coastal, Succulent and Country) according to location or type. Includes information on water-saving techniques, soil preparation and plant selection. Beautifully photographed, this book proves that gardening with a limited amount of water is not only possible - it can produce beautiful, vibrant gardens.
This book is for loan from the centre.
Oceans of Life; How Our Oceans are Changing by Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York, England.
growAlthough we think of ourselves as the inhabitants of earth, which implies solid material beneath our feet we are in fact inhabitants of the blue planet. This was dramatically brought to our attention with the first photographs of the planet from space. The oceans cover 72% of the surface of the globe. With such coverage the significance of the oceans cannot be ignored or underestimated.

This is an easy to read book that is both informative and comprehensive if somewhat unsettling portrayal on the state of our oceans. Far from a book of doom it is rather one of hope. It commences with a brief coverage of the birth of the oceans, the rise of its inhabitants followed by an in depth coverage of the issues currently affecting our oceans; the increased pressure from fishing, climate change and pollution.

A detailed reference section provides an abundance of source material for the avid reader to follow up on aspects of interest. Additionally there is an appendix listing the Conservation Charities (together with their web sites) working to protect ocean life.

The book does carry a dire warning and in Callum's own words "We are on the cusp of one of the greatest re-organizations of planetary life. Five times our world has been plunged into turmoil that ended with the extinction of huge swarths of life. Extinction rates of plants and animals now run at 100 to 1000 times the background rate seen in 'calm' intervals in the geological past."

But far from a prophet of doom Callum outlines many potential solutions to the problems and he is quick to add ..I remain an optimist. We can change. We can turn around our impacts on the biosphere. We can live alongside wild nature.Âť

This book is for loan from the centre.