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 fourteen institutions, including universities, herbaria, botanic gardens, non-government organisations and state environmental agencies.
Revealing the secrets of seeds
Science can unlock the mysteries of seeds, helping us to restore our landscapes and conserve our rich flora.
Images reproduced with permission from Australian Seeds: A Guide to their Collection, identification and Biology (Editors: Luke Sweedman and David Merritt). Copyright © 2006 Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority of Western Australia. Published by CSIRO PUBLISHING, Collingwood, Victoria Australia - http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/5281.htm
A recent study by scientists at the University of Queensland has shown that climate change will significantly impact Australia’s iconic Eucalypt forests.
UNESCO's upcoming conference from 22-25 September 2014 will focus on botany. The conference aims to develop forward-looking perspectives for the botanical profession in the twenty-first century.
The Minister for Environment Greg Hunt has introduced a threat abatement plan to address the threatening process ‘Dieback’, which is caused by the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife has led the successful recovery of the Critically Endangered Large-flowered Short-styled Grevillea through a seed germination and translocation program.
Plants may be iconic and endemic within a State and commonly grown, however, many of these species may not be stored in secure long term seed banks. Read about what the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority have been doing this season to secure some of the iconic Western Australian flora.