The Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s mission is to safeguard Australia’s plant populations and communities by developing a national network of conservation seed banks.
Collecting and storing seed in seed banks is one of the most powerful ways to combat the global decline of plant biodiversity. It offers an insurance policy against the further extinction of plant species.
Our initiatives focus on collecting and storing seed to conserve biodiversity and building and sharing knowledge to support restoration and conservation activities across Australia.
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
Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand will be hosting the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress from 20-25 October 2013. The Global Botanic Gardens Congress is the premier international event for botanic gardens, held every three years.
The International Horticulture Congress will be held in Brisbane Australia in August 2014 and is expected to attract more than 2000 delegates.
Communicating the science behind the work we do is a challenge. Making the work accessible to the public is a key role and is often vital to successfully promoting our organisations and securing support. To consider these issues, the BIG Science Communication Summit, organised by Inspiring Australia, TechNyou and Science Rewired is being held 6 and 7 June in Sydney this year.
On the morning of 12 February 2013, volunteers and staff from the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) set out to the Tinderry Nature Reserve, SE of Canberra, to find the elusive plant, Dampiera fusca.
South Australian seed hunter Dan Duval has needed to plan this season’s seed collections around bush fires and the dry conditions affecting seed production of some of our native flora. Dan has recently been hunting for seeds of rare and endemic species in the Eyre Peninsula as part of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s 1000 Species Project and he has had great success.