Macadamia conservation seeks to conserve a specific part of our biological heritage – the genetic potential of the macadamia genus. As a bonus, this protects crop wild relatives, albeit of a crop that is only a few generations from those wild relatives. Exactly how best to do this is not straightforward given the intersection of the species’ biology and human behaviour, and yet conservation messages need to be simple to be effective. This seminar is an opportunity to present the messy version, to expose the unknowns and throw up some research questions.

Denise BondDenise Bond

Denise works with trees and people. With qualifications in Australian Environmental Studies, Social Change and Development she campaigned to protect the Franklin River and Wet Tropics World Heritage Forests, then worked with the Forestry Department and Queensland farmers to integrate trees into farms – the right tree, in the right place, for the right reason. For 10 years, Denise and family lived in Nepal, Uganda and Palau working on community land and sea management projects. As Executive Officer of The Macadamia Conservation Trust she works to conserve macadamia species and their habitat – conserving the source of Australia’s gift to the world.

Denise Bond, The Macadamia Conservation Trust E: Denise.Bond@macadamias.org

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Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation hosts science seminars across the disciplines of animal, horticulture, crop, food and nutritional sciences.

With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


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