Mildura Weekly : Friday December 12 Vol 9 No 6
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU IT is a rare honour, and one that the vast majority of us will never be able to put on our CV. However, it’s one that Neds Corner Station’s Peter and Colleen Barnes are get- ting a good laugh out of. The passionate cou- ple are the custodians of the station on behalf of the Trust for Nature, and has recently had a previ- ously undiscovered fungus named after them! They’re chuffed really, but Colleen admits: “Of all the things to have name af- ter you we get a truffle!” But truffle, Colleen points out, sounds much classier than fungus. The truffle has been dubbed Agaricus colpeteii. And, naming the truffle after the couple is, accord- ing to their bosses, “rec- ognition of the couple’s passionate interest in, and dedication to, the biodiver- sity of the property.” The newly-discovered truffle is just one of sev- eral surprises contained in a new report detailing the finds of an exhaustive survey of Neds Corner Sta- tion’s flora and fauna in 2011. The survey was con- ducted by the ‘Bush Blitz’ organisation, from No- vember 22 to December 2. More than 20 scientists descended on the property – including experts in the fields of mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs; butterflies and moths; terrestrial In- vertebrates; ground beetles; true bugs; spiders; snails and slugs; vascular plants; mosses and liverworts and lichens and fungi. The scientists scoured the property for flora and fauna species, and then spent the next couple of years sorting the speci- mens they had taken and identifying them. They were excited to discover that amongst their haul were more than a few pre- viously unknown species. The scientists then spent several more months preparing a report on what was discovered. For the uninitiated, a ‘Bush Blitz’ is an inten- sive survey expedition mounted to document the plants and animals found on properties protected through the Australian Na- tional Reserve System. It is Australia’s largest nature discovery project, formed by a partnership between the Australian Govern- ment, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia. Scientists from muse- ums, herbaria, universities and other institutions and organisations across the country come together to coordinate a survey, carry out the search and then conduct an analysis of their findings. The effort is supported by photographers, field staff, and a support crew who make sure the survey runs smoothly, and is well documented. • Continued Page 14 Truffle honour for Neds Corner couple What’s in a name? Agaricus is a genus of mushrooms contain- ing both edible and poisonous species, with possibly over 300 members worldwide. The genus includes the common (‘button’) mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) and the field mushroom (Agari- cus campestris), the dominant cultivated mushrooms of the West. • Peter and Colleen Barnes, ABOVE, have had a truffle named in their honour. Unfortunately it is never destined to grace the plates of fine diners. The truffle, BELOW, is said to taste like a mouthful of chalk! Locally Owned & Operated WANTED URGENTLY BUYERS WAITING TEMPORARY WATER: Vic & NSW, large or small parcels PERMANENT WATER: Sales both Vic & NSW Phone your local team for a quote or order WATER MADE EASY Jason 0417 248 002 Marty 0429 953 365 Grey 0419 200 902 TWO LOCATIONS 97 Lime Ave Mildura 5018 6800 34 Darling St Wentworth 5027 3411 eldersmildura.com.au Water Laser Plumbing Mildura VIC & NSW LIC. NO. 32486 Phone: 1300 55 82 73 | Suite 2/138 Eighth Street, Mildura firstname.lastname@example.org | laserplumbing.com.au Roofing, Gutters and Spouting Ensure your house is leak free What can we do for you? • Quotes • Repairs • Preventative maintenance • New Roof installations Contact Laser Plumbing for To tally Dependable service for all your roofing needs Book by email: email@example.com www.benetookautomotivebushire.websyte.com.au 488-492 Benetook Ave, Mildura (Opposite Tafe) BENETOOK AUTOS SELF HIRE AND DRIVE LONG & SHORT TERM RENTALS • 12-25 seat buses • Air conditioned latest models • Air conditioned utes • One Tonne Capacity • 3 Tonne Truck 5023 4366 FAX 5021 5041 COMPETITIVE RATES M HIRE SHORT TRIP CARS HORT ORT TRUCKS LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES TRUCKS &CARS TRUCKS &CARS 12 - 25 SEATER BUSES FOR HIREE ELF DRIVE VEHICLES MOVERS TRAILERS TRAILERS BUSES TRUCKS UTES EE MILDURA BUS, UTE, TRUCK & TRAILER HIRE ELLFF DRRRIIVVVVVVVVVVE LL ONG OORR SH SH SHOR O TTER CCCCCCCCLLLLEEEEEEEES EE VVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE 122 - 222222222255555555555 SSSSSSSEAATER BUSESESESESSESESESES FFOR HIRE TRIPS RRRRRRRE OOOOR ORR HHHHHHHHHHIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIII TR OSS OS OS OS OS FFFFFOOOOO ATER ERRRR BBBBBBBBUUS US US US US US US USEEEEEEE TTTTT TT TTTTT TT TTTTOOOOOOO THE FASTEST GROWING TRAILER ORGANISATION IN AUSTRALIA.
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