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.
The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia were launched at the National Seed Science Forum, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, on 15 March. The proceedings were officiated by the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews.
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 2016 Tree Seed Physiology and Technology Conference will be held 29 June-1 July 2016 in the UK.
Congratulations to Dr Mark Clements on his deserving win of the prestigious Westonbirt Orchid Medal, awarded by the Royal Horticulture Society (UK). His 40-year contribution to orchid research includes 100 published articles, thousands of curated specimens and 250 newly discovered Australian species.
Collaboration in the tropics: a successful far north Queensland field trip for the Seeds for Life crew
A recent Seeds for Life trip to far north Queensland reaped excellent on-ground rewards and established important relationships with Traditional Owners in the process. A total of 41 collections were made along the journey, which enabled the Queensland partnership to realise its entire annual collecting targets for 2015-2016 in one trip.
Teams of collectors in the Australian Seed Bank Partnership are not deterred by the “Tyranny of Distance”, which renders reconnaissance work an ambitious and costly endeavour because of large distances, remote and inaccessible terrain, and limited knowledge of fruiting populations.