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.
Revealing the secrets of seeds
Science can unlock the mysteries of seeds, helping us to restore our landscapes and conserve our rich flora.
Images reproduced with permission from Australian Seeds: A Guide to their Collection, identification and Biology (Editors: Luke Sweedman and David Merritt). Copyright © 2006 Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority of Western Australia. Published by CSIRO PUBLISHING, Collingwood, Victoria Australia - http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/5281.htm
The first annual report of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership is now available.
Dunedin, New Zealand recently hosted the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress and 6th Biennial Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand Congress, at Dunedin Botanic Garden in October 2013. This unique event provided an opportunity for delegates to review and discuss progress in achieving the conservation targets in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
A collaboration between ACTEW Water and the Australian National Botanic Gardens is helping to preserve the endangered small purple pea, Swainsona recta, through a successful translocation program.
Crop wild relatives are defined as wild plant species that are genetically related to the crop but, unlike the crop, they have not been domesticated. Australia has native relatives of important crop plants, with unique genes adapting them to Australia’s challenging environment.