Research Scientist (Orchid Conservation)
Noushka Reiter manages our Orchid Conservation Program, which has an exciting capacity for large-scale conservation projects. She works closely with community groups in both the Orchid Conservation Program and in the field to achieve tangible positive outcomes for threatened orchids. Noushka has a particular interest in threatened flora ecology, mycorrhizal associations and re-introductions. Her research focusses on the conservation of threatened flora. Together with various government, industry and tertiary institutions, Noushka is involved in a range of conservation projects including the ecology, propagation and re-introduction of over 20 federally threatened orchids.
Reiter, N. and Thomson, R., 2018. Involvement in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's Orchid conservation program by volunteers from the Australasian Native Orchid Society Victoria Group. Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 27(1), p.19.
Reiter, N., Lawrie, A.C. and Linde, C.C., 2018. Matching symbiotic associations of an endangered orchid to habitat to improve conservation outcomes. Annals of botany.
Reiter, N., Bohman, B., Flematti, G.R. and Phillips, R.D., 2018. Pollination by nectar-foraging thynnine wasps: evidence of a new specialized pollination system for Australian orchids. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
Reiter, N., O’Brien, N., Gibson, M., Pitts, D., Brown, G.R. and Phillips, R.D., 2018. Caladenia hastata (Nicholls) Rupp (Melbloms Spider-orchid), orchidaceae: Pollinator rarity limits conservation translocation sites in a rare orchid. Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 26(4), p.9.
Reiter, N., Vlcek, K., O’Brien, N., Gibson, M., Pitts, D., Brown, G.R., Bower, C.C. and Phillips, R.D., 2017. Pollinator rarity limits reintroduction sites in an endangered sexually deceptive orchid (Caladenia hastata): implications for plants with specialized pollination systems. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 184(1), pp.122-136.
Reiter, N. H., Walsh, N. G., & Lawrie, A. C. (2015). Causes of infertility in the endangered Australian endemic plant Borya mirabilis (Boryaceae). Australian Journal of Botany, 63(7), 554-565.
Reiter, N., Lawrie, A. and Walsh, N. (2013). Mycorrhizal associations of Borya mirabilis. Muelleria 31, 81–88.
Reiter, N. and Pollard, G. (2013). The response of Grampians Duck-orchid and Grampians pincushion lily in Victoria to wild fire. Australian Plant Conservation 22(1), 15–17.
Reiter, N., Vlcek, K. and Clements, M. (2013). Pterostylis lingua a new species for Victoria and habitat preferences for Pterostylis xerophila. Muelleria 31, 69–76.
Reiter, N., Thomson, R., Bedggood, W., Jenek, C., Cross, R., Whitfield, J., Lawrie, A., Pollard, G., Argall, M., Johnson, G. and Lester, K. (2013). Victorian orchid conservation. Australian Plant Conservation 21(3), 12–14.
Reiter, N., Weste, G. and Guest, D. (2004). The risk of extinction resulting from disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi to endangered, vulnerable or rare plant species endemic to the Grampians, Western Victoria. Australian Journal of Botany 52, 425–433.
Waudby, H.P., Cameron, M., Robertson, G., Caynes, R. and Reiter, N., 2018. Wild orchids: saving three Endangered orchid species in southern New South Wales. Recovering Australian Threatened Species: A Book of Hope, p.159.
Reiter, N. (2008). Borya mirabilis: steps in the recovery of a critically endangered Australian native plant. PhD thesis, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Reiter, N. (2002). The risk of extinction resulting from disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi to endangered, vulnerable or rare plant species endemic to the Grampians, western Victoria. Honors thesis, The University of Melbourne.
Weste, G., Hewett, M. and Reiter, N. (2005). Dieback threatens endangered native plants. Will they survive? The Victorian Naturalist 121(4), 148–153.
Newspaper and magazine articles
Reiter, N. (2012). Bizarre orchid behaviours revealed. Australian Geographic, Aug 24.