Chemical and social ecology of Australian Cycas

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project will examine the chemical and social ecology of Australian cycads (Cycas spp.). Cycads are traditionally eaten by Indigenous people in northern Australia, despite their toxicity. Australia is a speciation hot spot for Cycads, and very little is known about their chemical composition, whether toxicity is related to growing conditions. and how these relates to their traditional use. To do this we will develop protocols for measuring the toxic elements and survey the variation within and among species in the Gulf of Carpentaria. We will also document the various processing methods and assess their effectiveness in reducing toxicity.
Effective start/end date16/06/2030/06/23


  • cycads
  • indigenous studies
  • chemical ecology
  • human health