The Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s mission is a national effort to conserve Australia’s native plant diversity through collaborative and sustainable seed collecting, banking, research and knowledge sharing. Our vision is a future where Australia’s native plant diversity is valued, understood and conserved for the benefit of all.
Collecting and storing seed in seed banks is one of the most powerful ways to combat the global decline of plant diversity. It offers an insurance policy against the further loss of plant species.
The Partnership unites the expertise of twelve institutions, including botanic gardens, herbaria, state environmental agencies and non-government organisations.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International is challenging botanic gardens to get on board with seed banking to conserve seed of threatened plant species.
In the first year of the ASBP's contribution to the Global Trees Programme, 121 collections of 98 taxa were made. These include eight nationally listed threatened species and 39 more listed as threatened or of concern in state legislation.
The Seeds for Life collecting team of Jason Halford and Simon Bush from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (BBG) ventured into the steamy wet tropics of north Queensland in November, where they successfully secured Queensland’s targeted collection quota for the 2014-15 season.