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.
The ASBP seed collections have recently been built on through work supported by the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust.
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.
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.
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.