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Phormium tenax on Norfolk Island
The Australian Seed Bank Partnership is an alliance of 12 organisations, bringing together expertise from Australia’s leading botanic gardens, state environment agencies and NGOs. Governed by The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Inc., we are working on strategic solutions to deal with the multitude of threats facing our biodiversity.
Our vision is for a future where Australia’s native plant diversity is valued, understood and conserved for the benefit of all.
Our mission is a national effort to conserve Australia’s native plant diversity through collaborative and sustainable seed collecting, banking, research and knowledge sharing.
We rely on biological diversity for fresh air and water, food security, shelter, medicines and a clean and healthy environment capable of adapting to climate change and other serious threats. However, in Australia more than 1700 species and ecological communities are known to be threatened and at risk of extinction. These threats come in many forms such as habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation or invasive species.
To deal with the risk of plant diversity loss, we have created, for the first time, a formal alliance of nine conservation seed banks and three other flora-focused organisations that bridges the gap between policy makers, researchers and seed collectors, and on-ground conservation and restoration activities.
Our work focuses on:
- securing Australian flora in ex situ seed collections;
- enhancing our understanding of native seed biology through research;
- sharing our knowledge to improve conservation and restoration outcomes; and
- training and building capacity in Australia for seed science and seed banking.
Building ex situ seed collections provides a resource for future use and an insurance policy for Australia’s native plants and forests against threats such as myrtle rust and cinnamon fungus. Our Partners have already secured a third of Australia’s flora in conservation seed banks, including 25% of our threatened plant species.