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 Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s Board, The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Inc. (CHABG), held its annual general meeting in October 2016 at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. The members of CHABG met to discuss the future strategic priorities of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership Programme and were able to participate in some hands-on fieldwork themselves!
The Australian Network for Plant Conservation is the national network that links people, research and action in plant conservation. Its upcoming conference 14-18 November 2016, is being hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Early bird registrations will be closing on Friday 26 August 2016.
Joint conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) from 19-23 November 2016.
Global leaders in seed science, representing eight different countries, were brought together in October 2016 for the Seed Trait Workshop. The workshop provided a great opportunity for networking and collaboration and will result in tangible outputs, such as a global standard and methodology for how to measure and collect seed traits.
Our partners at the Australian National Botanic Gardens are working in partnership with the ACT Government and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to undertake an ambitious 10-year seed orcharding project of the endangered Swainsona recta (small purple pea). Swainsona recta is one of the priority plants under the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy, and with fewer than 4000 individuals left in the wild this project will assist in safeguarding its future.