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.
The Australian Seed Bank Partnership has started work on an international collaboration to collect, bank and research endangered and endemic tree species. In Australia, we are looking to collect seeds from rainforest species, eucalypts and species vulnerable to myrtle rust and cinnamon fungus. Collections have already been made in South Australia towards meeting this year's goal.
The Society for Ecological Restoration's 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, SER2015, will be held in Manchester, England from 23-27th August 2015.
The Conference theme is Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild.
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 149 species, including 91 threatened species.
The team from the South Australian Seed Bank have recently returned from a very successful trip to the Great Victoria Desert.