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Australasian Native Orchid Society
(Victoria Group) Inc.

Coming Up

1/2/19 - February Meeting

Jürg von Känel will present "The Orchids of Switzerland".

2/2/19 - Terrestrial Seed Group

Learn the techniques of growing terrestrial orchids from seed.

3/2/19 - Conservation & Terrestrial Study Groups

Annual Planning Meeting.

3/2/19 - Epiphyte Study Group

Hosts George & Fran Byrne-Dimos.

1/3/19 - March Meeting

Speaker and topic TBA.



The Gerald McCraith Student Native Orchid Research Prize is an initiative created by ANOS Victoria to honour Gerald's memory and his passion for orchids.  It has been set up to encourage tertiary botany students to specialise in Australian native orchid research thereby furthering our knowledge for orchid conservation. 

This prize has been established from a bequest from Gerald McCraith's estate and ANOS Victoria conservation funds.

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Application Requirements

This prize aims to promote academic research into Australian native orchids and acknowledge excellence in student orchid research.

The annual prize of $1000 will be awarded to a student studying at a tertiary education institution in Victoria, Australia that completed a research qualification at Honours, Masters or Doctorate level in the previous year.

The prize winner shall be subjectively determined by a sub-committee of the Australasian Native Orchid Society (Victorian Group) Inc. from summary reports of the research submitted by students along with their application. 

The only requirement on behalf of the winning candidate is to present the Gerald McCraith Lecture on the topic of their research to the members of ANOS Victoria, at a time and place agreeable to both parties.

Application forms for the ANOS Victoria Gerald McCraith Student Native Orchid Research Prize are available and should be submitted by 31st January for research completed in the previous year. Please make sure that all eligible applicants (anyone who submits an Honours, M.Sc. or Ph.D thesis during the previous calender year on the topic of Australian native orchids) are made aware of this prize.

Download a copy of the Application Form.

Applications close on 31st January for research completed in the previous calender year.

For further information please contact the Gerald McCraith Award Sub-Committee .

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Prize Winners

We are pleased to announce that a five person sub-committee selected Shalika Mehra as the recipient of the 2014 prize. Shalika has recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis from RMIT University entitled: "Nutritional and Genetic Diversity in Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi From Caladenia Species". Congratulations to Shalika!

The thesis examined the complex relationship surrounding the exchange of organic and inorganic nutrients between mycorrhizal fungi and their orchid host. In particular, she explored the possible sources of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus nutrition in the genus Caladenia through their mycorrhizal fungii.

Shalika will be presenting her findings at the Gerald McCraith Lecture and will be awarded her prize at our monthly meeting on 1st May 2015.

Honour Board
2011 Freya Thomas "Batesian Mimicry Breakdown in Thelymitra"
2012-2013 Not Awarded
2014 Shalika Mehra "Nutritional and Genetic Diversity in Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi From Caladenia Species"
2015-2017 Not Awarded