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 twelve institutions, including botanic gardens, herbaria, state environmental agencies and non-government organisations.
Tracking our 1000 Species target
During 2013-14, we made conservation collections of 160 species and 118 of these 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 Australasian Systematic Botanic Society annual conference is being hosted in Canberra this year.
Genetic resources for food and agriculture play a crucial role in food security, nutrition and livelihoods and in the provision of environmental services. Genetic diversity is also globally threatened by climate change, which poses new challenges to their management, but it also underlines their importance.
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) and BHP Billiton Iron Ore have led an interactive “think tank” as part of the $5 million Restoration Seed Bank Initiative. BGPA Chief Executive Officer Mark Webb said the think tank had come at an important time in ensuring the mining industry in Western Australia was leading the world in rehabilitation practice. “The RSB model has created significant international interest with the growing recognition of landscape-scale ecological rehabilitation in biodiversity protection,” Mr Webb said.