On Tuesday 3 March 2020 the first cuttings were taken for the largest collection of wild macadamias in the world.
Destined for a dedicated “Wild Macadamia Arboretum” hosted by the Steinhardt Family on behalf of the Macadamia Conservation Trust, the collection will preserve a selection of the remaining genetic diversity of the four macadamia species.
The Arboretum will replicate a selection of the original wild germplasm collection now growing at Tiaro, Burpengary and Alstonville and expand the geographic diversity represented by including trees from 256 new collection sites across the known habitat of surviving wild macadamias.
The Arboretum trees will all be grown from cuttings to ensure that 100% of the DNA from each of the original wild trees is replicated.
Written by Denise Bond. Photos supplied by Ben Cook.
Top: Renee Miller and Ben Cook of Australian Plant Specialists collecting cuttings from Tiaro.
Below: Renee Miller and MCT Committee member Andy Burnside with the cuttings all set up for propogation.
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