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SeedSafe – Tasmania

Tasmania’s SeedSafe is a collaboration between the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Tasmanian Herbarium, and the Biodiversity Conservation Branch of Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

SeedSafe began as part of the Millennium Seedbank Project. Its long-term aim is to hold viable, multi-provenanced collections for the entire Tasmanian flora. It also assists in the reintroduction and restoration of native plant communities.

SeedSafe makes its laboratory germination testing data available to the general public via the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens website. The Germination Database also provides documents explaining the science behind germination and seed dormancy, as well as how to apply germination test techniques at home.

Within the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, SeedSafe contributes 20 years of experience in wild seed germination, 10 years of experience in germination database structure, and extensive knowledge of the Tasmanian flora. SeedSafe personnel also contribute to the Partnership at an organisational level.

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OUR STORIES

Posted: 02 Jan 2014

Shy Susan (Tetratheca gunnii) has a restricted range in Tasmania and there are around 250 plants remaining. It has now been listed as endangered. The team at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is working on the seed production of Shy Susan so there will be sufficient seed resources available for use in developing techniques to help enhance this species' existing wild population.

Posted: 09 Sep 2013

One of the members of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, is helping to create a new buzz among the country’s smallest inhabitants – its native bees – and farmers, fruit, flower and vegetable growers and home gardeners.

Phebalium daviesii
Posted: 02 May 2011

Davies’ waxflower (Phebalium daviesii) was believed to be extinct until rediscovery in 1990. With the wild population currently in decline, Tasmania’s SeedSafe is on a mission to conserve this shrub.

Lomatia tasmanica. Photo: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens / Margot White
Posted: 02 May 2011

Mark Fountain, Deputy Director Collections and Research of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, shares some little-known facts about some of Tasmania’s intriguing plants.

Hardenbergia violacea
Posted: 02 May 2011

In Tasmania, a private landowner, local community members and government agencies are collaborating in an effort to conserve the endangered purple coral-pea, Hardenbergia violacea.