By: Judy Evans
The Hibbertia genus belongs to the Dilleniaceae family and consists of some 120 species of small evergreen shrubs and climbers. Most of these species are native to Australia. They are often called by the common name of ‘Guinea Flower’. Members of this genus generally...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Dryandra is endemic to Western Australia. There are 90 odd species of these striking, evergreen shrubs ranging from low or prostrate shrubs to small bushy trees. They belong to the protea (Proteaceae) family and are related to, and closely resemble, the banksia. The...
By: Judy Evans
The calytrix genus is endemic to Australia and has around 75 species. Most species are found in the southern areas of Western Australia but some are distributed throughout the continent. Calytrix belongs to the Myrtaceae family (myrtles). Calytrix bushes are commonly called fringe myrtles or...
By: Judy Evans
The Australian native plant, Dampiera, is endemic to Australia. It gets its name from the British explorer, William Dampier (1652-1715), who sailed to Australia during the 17th century. There are over 60 species of Dampiera which belong to the Goodeniaceae family. Most are perennial herbs...
By: Judy Evans
Darwinia is a genus of small to medium evergreen shrubs. They are endemic to Australia with most of the 45 or so species coming from Western Australia. Darwinias belong to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). The leaves are small and marked with numerous oil glands. Long...
Plant profiles: Eremophila, the Emu Bush
By: Judy Evans
Eremophila genus has the common name of Emu Bush. The 200 odd species in the genus are all native to mainland Australia. The genus is part of the boobialla family (Myoporaceae). The emu bush is found mostly in semi-arid and arid regions. They are evergreen...
Plant profiles: Epacris, or Australian Heath
By: Judy Evans
Epacris plants belong to the heath (Ericaceae) family. Apart from two species, the 40 odd species are all native to south-eastern Australia (including Tasmania). Several species occur at high altitudes in the Australian Alps while the rest grow in a variety of places including heathland...
The basics of gel electrophoresis
By: Billy Hawkins
Background of Gel Electrophoresis Gel Electrophoresis is a technique used to separate molecules by their size and electric charge. It can be used to separate different lengths of DNA. The DNA is separated into fragments that can be separated in a gel on the basis...
What is polymerase chain reaction
By: Billy Hawkins
What is the Polymerase Chain Reaction? The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a molecular biology technique use to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA. It has many uses in modern sciences, for example protein engineering, cloning, forensics (DNA Fingerprinting)...
The evolution of humans
By: Danny Schwartz
Rationale Through all of its history, the human race had a vision about the future. The toltakemin Indians of Mexico call this vision "The dream of the planet". The dream of the planet is made up from all the different dreams of people from...

 

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