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.
Tracking our 1000 Species target
During 2013-14, we made conservation collections of 160 species and 118 of these are new to Australia’s conservation seed banks. Some of these collections are already being used to support the recovery of threatened plant species. To find out more about this project see the 1000 Species Project.
A recent UNESCO conference brought together 300 botanists from 60 countries to discuss the roles, challenges and opportunities that botanists of the 21st century are facing.
The 2013-14 collections for the 1000 Species Project have all been completed. With support from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Trust, we collected seed of 160 species, including 91 threatened species.
The Australian Seed Bank Partnership has started work on an international collaboration to collect, bank and research endangered and endemic tree species. In Australia, we are looking to collect seeds from rainforest species, eucalypts and species vulnerable to myrtle rust and cinnamon fungus. Collections have already been made in South Australia towards meeting this year's goal.
Plans for seed collections in 2013-14 in South East Queensland had to be changed due to significant drought conditions affecting some of the target species, but opportunistic collecting did secure other endangered, vulnerable and non-threatened species from the area.