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The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre – Western Australia

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre (Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program) in Western Australia was established to safeguard a geographically diverse range of seeds from threatened plant species.

This ‘insurance policy’ complements other strategies designed to protect WA’s biodiversity. Since 1993, the Seed Centre has successfully stored seeds from three-quarters of WA’s threatened plant species, and continues to improve the breadth and depth of its collections. It has also reintroduced more than 50 threatened species back into the wild.

Key research areas of the Seed Centre’s Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program include:

  • germination biology, focusing on conservation-listed flora
  • seed quality and longevity studies
  • threat susceptibility studies, including disease, salinity and climate change
  • seed ecological studies
  • plant reintroduction research
  • genetic studies into seed sourcing, sampling and the viability of plant populations.

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OUR STORIES

Banksia brownii
Posted: 29 May 2015

The Threatened Flora Seed Centre is working to rejuvenate the critically endangered Banksia brownii.

Posted: 06 Nov 2014

A recent field trip along the mid-west coast of Western Australia has allowed staff to evaluate and prepare plants for seed collecting later in the season.

Posted: 19 Jun 2014

The Threatened Flora Seed Centre (TFSC) in Western Australia is currently assembling this year’s winter seed consignment for the Swan Region’s Banksia Woodland Restoration project run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The TFSC has been working with the project for the past 2 years to improve restoration success by integrating seed science with restoration practice.

Posted: 19 Jun 2014

A research project looking at the reintroduction of Australian Hollyhock to Penguin Island in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park near Perth is being run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Murdoch University.

Grevillea sp. Gillingarra
Posted: 14 Apr 2014

The Threatened Flora Seed Centre in Western Australia has had another successful summer collecting season.

 

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