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 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 Australian Association of Bush Regenerators is holding a one-day symposium in support of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia's 'Australian Ecological Restoration Standards Project'.
Neville Walsh tells the story of how collecting seeds near the Mitchell River in Victoria led him to realise the need for taxonomic revisions.