Ecological Restoration | Prof Kingsley Dixon

How did a simple molecule found in smoke change the way we regenerate native plants? Find out in this episode of #TheFutureOf 

In this episode, Professor Kingsley Dixon joins host David Karsten to discuss the critical role smoke plays in seed germination, the evolution of plant conservation and restoration practices, and how these insights are being applied to revitalise Western Australia's unique biodiversity.

How Prof Dixon’s career started [01:32]

Biodiversity regeneration efforts in Kings Park, WA [12:21]

How smoke can help with ecologic regeneration [11:23]

How Prof Dixon’s discovery impacted the nursery industry [21:04]

Discussion on cryogenics history and potential [31:4]

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King’s Birthday Honours: Passion for natural world drives acclaimed botanist Kingsley Dixon (The West Australian)

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Professor Kingsley Dixon 

Professor Dixon has led transformational research in plant conservation and restoration. As Foundation Director at Kings Park, he built a team of over 50, pioneering 'science-into-practice' approaches with $24M in industry funding. His work has positioned WA as a global leader in environmental restoration, securing $7.6M in competitive funding and establishing significant science partnerships.

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Behind the scenes

Host: David Karsten

Content creator: Alex Foot

Producer and Recordist: Emilia Jolakoska 

Social Media: Celeste Fourie 

Executive Producers: Matthew Sykes

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