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 fourteen institutions, including universities, herbaria, botanic gardens, non-government organisations and state environmental agencies.
Tracking our 1000 Species target
In 2012-13, we made conservation collections of 155 species that 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.
Since its launch a few weeks ago, the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan is available to download from its website. Here is a little overview of the key points to come out of the Plan.
Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science, will be launched by Prof Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia, in Canberra on the 15th of July 2014.
As scientists try to find ways to feed the world’s more than 7 billion people, a long-term project being undertaken may, in the future, help secure global food crops for the future that is emerging.
Lydia Guja, Australian National Botanic Gardens' Seed Conservation Biologist, is researching Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens. Lydia's work will help in the protection and restoration of such threatened communities.