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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

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.

 

Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis
Posted: 19 Feb 2014

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.

Posted: 02 Jan 2014

Banksia oligantha is one of several threatened species that Western Australia's Threatened Flora Seed Centre team has been targeting during their 2013-14 seed collecting trips.

Posted: 27 Jun 2012

The seeds from 93 species of plants are now en route to the Millennium Seed Bank, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.  The seeds, which are from the Department of Environment and Conservation's Threatened Flora Seed Centre, would bring the total of banked WA seeds to more than 1250.

Posted: 27 Jun 2012

Threatened flora species in danger of extinction were planted across Western Australia during May as part of an annual Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) project to collect rare seeds and plant them in the wild.

Posted: 11 Apr 2012

Twenty of WA’s most endangered plant species are being given a lifeline as part of a Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) project to store rare seeds for future use in species recovery actions. Seeds from threatened flora in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, weed invasion, disease and climate change are being collected from the Wheatbelt, Midwest, Swan and South Coast regions.

Drying room. Photo: Anne Cochrane
Posted: 02 May 2011

After more than 17 years in demountable buildings, Western Australia’s conservation seed bank – the Threatened Flora Seed Centre – has moved to new state-of-the-art premises.

Collecting seed from reintroduced populations. Photo: Anne Cochrane
Posted: 02 May 2011

An insurance policy has paid dividends for seed conservation, with the reintroduction of more than 50 threatened plant species underway in Western Australia.