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CHABG Annual General Meeting 2016

Posted 01 Nov 2016

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s Board, The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Inc. (CHABG), held its annual general meeting in October 2016 at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. The members of CHABG met to discuss the future strategic priorities of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership Programme and were able to participate in some hands-on fieldwork themselves!

11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference - update

Posted 03 Aug 2016

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation is the national network that links people, research and action in plant conservation. Its upcoming conference 14-18 November 2016, is being hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Early bird registrations will be closing on Friday 26 August 2016.

Call for Abstracts

Posted 06 May 2016

Joint conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) from 19-23 November 2016.

World-first: National Standards for ecological restoration launched 15 March

Posted 15 Mar 2016

The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia were launched at the National Seed Science Forum, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, on 15 March. The proceedings were officiated by the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews.

Dr Mark Clements receives prestigious Westonbirt Orchid Medal

Posted 07 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Dr Mark Clements on his deserving win of the prestigious Westonbirt Orchid Medal, awarded by the Royal Horticulture Society (UK). His 40-year contribution to orchid research includes 100 published articles, thousands of curated specimens and 250 newly discovered Australian species.

National Standards for Restoration in Australia - released for public comment

Posted 21 Dec 2015

Draft National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia, designed to encourage all restoration and rehabilitation projects in Australia to reach their highest potential, are now available for public review and comment until 15 February 2016. The link to the page is: http://seraustralasia.com/pages/standards.html

Significant genetic diversity loss of rare Banksia

Posted 27 Nov 2015

The importance of seed collections for managing and conserving threatened species has been reiterated in a journal article coming out in December’s issue of Biological Conservation (see Coates, McArthur and Byrne - vol 192, pp.353-360).

Earlybird Registration Open - National Seed Science Forum

Posted 14 Sep 2015

Registration for ASBP's National Seed Science Forum opened on 25 September 2015. Detailed registration Information is now available at:

http://www.seedpartnership.org.au/seedscienceforum/registration

Partnership teams head out to extend Australia’s conservation seed bank collections

Posted 05 Sep 2015

Planning efforts are heating up for this year’s seed collecting trips across the continent by teams from the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.

Conference - Seed Ecology V in 2016

Posted 01 Jun 2015

The International Society for Seed Science is hosting the V Seed Ecology Conference in Brazil from 21-25 August 2016.

Announcing Keynote Speakers for National Seed Science Forum 2016

Posted 29 May 2015

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the National Seed Science Forum in March 2016 are Dr Christina Walters, Professor Kingsley Dixon and Professor Angela Moles.

Global Seed Conservation Challenge

Posted 15 May 2015

Botanic Gardens Conservation International is challenging botanic gardens to get on board with seed banking to conserve seed of threatened plant species.

Global Trees Programme Update

Posted 09 Apr 2015

In the first year of the ASBP's contribution to the Global Trees Programme, 121 collections of 98 taxa were made. These include eight nationally listed threatened species and 39 more listed as threatened or of concern in state legislation.

Book launch: “Coping with climate change - the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture”

Posted 20 Jan 2015

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.

Myrtle Rust Host List

Posted 18 Dec 2014

The Australia Network for Plant Conservation has recently made available local and global lists of myrtle rust host species prepared by Dr Fiona Giblin and Dr Angus Carnegie. Myrtle rust, Puccinia psidii, is a major threat to Australia's myrtaceous flora. These lists provide a regularly updated resource on the species' hosts, as well as a bibliography of literature about its biology and spread.

Annual Report 2013-14

Posted 27 Nov 2014

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership's 2013-14 Annual Report highlights our achievements over the past 12 months, as well as our plans for the next few years.  Follow this link to find out more...

Dahl Trust Collections Completed

Posted 13 Nov 2014

The ASBP seed collections have recently been built on through work supported by the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust.

Botanists of the 21st century

Posted 30 Oct 2014

A recent UNESCO conference brought together 300 botanists from 60 countries to discuss the roles, challenges and opportunities that botanists of the 21st century are facing.

Global Trees Campaign

Posted 09 Oct 2014

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership has started work on an international collaboration to collect, bank and research endangered and endemic tree species. In Australia, we are looking to collect seeds from rainforest species, eucalypts and species vulnerable to myrtle rust and cinnamon fungus. Collections have already been made in South Australia towards meeting this year's goal.

Rebuilding Ecosystems Symposium

Posted 18 Sep 2014

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'.

 

1000 Species Project 2013-14 Recap

Posted 18 Sep 2014

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 160 species, including 91 threatened species.

Building Champions for the Partnership

Posted 11 Aug 2014

The Graduate Programme with the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment has provided the Australian Seed Bank Partnership with significant support over the past four years. Read about some of the graduates experiences while working for the Partnership - http://seedpartnership.org.au/about/graduates

Launch of the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan

Posted 31 Jul 2014

A new national plan for Australian ecosystem science was launched to bring scientists, policy makers and the public together to protect our nation’s ecosystems.

 

10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014

Posted 28 May 2014

The call for abstracts is now open for the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 (APCC10), which will be held in Hobart in Tasmania from the 11th - 14th November 2014.

Feeding the planet in the future

Posted 27 May 2014

As scientists try to find ways to feed the world’s more than 7 billion people, a long-term project being undertaken may, in the future, help secure global food crops for the future that is emerging.

Australian Grains Genebank Grand Opening

Posted 04 Apr 2014

The new state-of-the-art Australian Grains Genebank officially opens.

Australia’s iconic eucalypt landscapes - destined to transform with climate change

Posted 27 Feb 2014

A recent study by scientists at the University of Queensland has shown that climate change will significantly impact Australia’s iconic Eucalypt forests.

‘Dieback’ threat abatement plan comes into force

Posted 19 Feb 2014

The Minister for Environment Greg Hunt has introduced a threat abatement plan to address the threatening process ‘Dieback’, which is caused by the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Global Links Affirmed

Posted 04 Feb 2014

A Memorandum of Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens was recently signed.

App me up Scotty!

Posted 31 Jan 2014

Phone applications (apps) are now playing a huge role in both environmental interpretation and plant identification. The Australian PlantBank is now using this technology to engage visitors.

Searching for the threatened Banksia oligantha in WA

Posted 02 Jan 2014

Banksia oligantha is one of several threatened species that Western Australia's Threatened Flora Seed Centre team has been targeting during their 2013-14 seed collecting trips.

Shy Susan faces challenges

Posted 02 Jan 2014

Shy Susan (Tetratheca gunnii) has a restricted range in Tasmania and there are around 250 plants remaining. It has now been listed as endangered. The team at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is working on the seed production of Shy Susan so there will be sufficient seed resources available for use in developing techniques to help enhance this species' existing wild population.

Searching for the most useful species for restoration

Posted 16 Oct 2013

Australian Seed Bank Partnership supporters who suggest a plant species for the new Restore and Renew NSW website could win a year’s membership to the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC).

Connecting with Kew

Posted 16 Oct 2013

Dr Michiel van Slageren recently visited Australia to discuss the crop wild relatives project being undertaken by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Hard going – Good Prospects

Posted 24 Sep 2013

A joint venture between the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Australian National Botanic Gardens recently facilitated the introduction of Hakea pulvinifera to the wild, almost doubling the known population.

Hard going – Good Prospects

Posted 24 Sep 2013

A joint venture between the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Australian National Botanic Gardens recently facilitated the introduction of Hakea pulvinifera to the wild, almost doubling the known population.

Tiny bees make new buzz for plants

Posted 09 Sep 2013

One of the members of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, is helping to create a new buzz among the country’s smallest inhabitants – its native bees – and farmers, fruit, flower and vegetable growers and home gardeners.

Myrtle rust - safeguarding susceptible species

Posted 31 Jul 2013

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is supporting the Australian Seed Bank Partnership to build wild seed resources of eight threatened Australian native species known or suspected to be at risk of the plant disease myrtle rust.

Collecting seeds for the future

Posted 29 Jul 2013

Channel 7 news recently featured the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre. The South Australian team have collected seeds from 62 per cent of the state’s threatened flora as part of global efforts to preserve endangered plants. For the full story visit: http://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/latest/a/-/newshome/18162328/collecting-seed...

IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions Now Available

Posted 14 Jun 2013

Seed researchers can now use the fully formatted version of IUCN's international guidelines to more effectively plan plant reintroductions and conservation translocation.

 

Seed Bank Partnership Joins International Fight to Protect Plant Diversity

Posted 24 May 2013

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP) is a new member of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC), dedicated to preserve global biodiversity and prevent poverty, provide food security and ensure sustainable development.

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership works to adapt agriculture to future climates

Posted 12 Oct 2012

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has begun work to collect seed from the wild relatives of 26 crop plants in order to discover the adaptive characteristics which crops need to allow challenges of climate change.

A better plant census for the ACT

Posted 28 Jun 2012

Available online, the Census of Vascular plants, Hornworts, Liverworts and Slime Moulds of the Australian Capital Territory provides the scientific community and general public with quick, easy to access information about native and introduced plants growing in the wild in the ACT.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Posted 07 May 2012

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established by more than 90 Governments in Panama City on Saturday 21 April 2012, after several years of international negotiations.

Successful germination of ancient seeds in Russia

Posted 22 Feb 2012

Fruit seeds stored away for more than 30,000 years ago and found in Siberian permafrost have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia.

First Plants Caused Ice Ages, New Research Reveals

Posted 07 Feb 2012

New research reveals how the arrival of the first plants 470 million years ago triggered a series of ice ages. Led by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, the study is published in Nature Geoscience.

Prolific Plant Hunters Provide Insight in Strategy for Collecting Undiscovered Plant Species

Posted 07 Feb 2012

Today's alarmingly high rate of plant extinction necessitates an increased understanding of the world's biodiversity. An estimated 15 to 30 percent of the world's flowering plants have yet to be discovered, making efficiency an integral function of future botanical research -- but how is this best accomplished? Botanist Dr. Gerrit Davidse, John S. Lehmann Curator of Grasses at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis has collaborated with eight British botanists to quantify the role of plant collectors in the discovery of plant diversity.

Connectivity Conservation

Posted 23 Nov 2011

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative have joined forces, with assistance of the NSW Office for Environment & Heritage and the Atlas of Living Australia, to present a Connectivity Conservation Forum at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on Friday 16th December.

Myrtle Rust

Posted 23 Nov 2011

A plan has been released which outlines how myrtle rust will be managed on national park estate in NSW, including the potential impacts of myrtle rust on threatened species.

Mt Annan gets budget green light

Posted 16 Sep 2011

The NSW state budget has confirmed support for PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.  The proposed 3200sq m building for PlantBank has been designed with thermal-efficient vaults where millions of seeds will be deep-frozen to support plant conservation.  PlantBank project co-ordinator John Siemon said PlantBank would hold national significance as the largest native plant conservation facility in Australia.

Freezing Ascension's rare ferns for the future

Posted 09 Sep 2011

Ed Jones has just spent a year working with Kew's Conservation Biotechnology team investigating different methods of conserving several of the threatened ferns unique to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

U.K. Native Seed Hub

Posted 18 Aug 2011

Kew Gardens is launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help to protect and restore disappearing wildflower meadows in the UK.

Old specimen is new melon wild crop relative

Posted 16 Aug 2011

As a result of his botanical explorations in northern Australia, Ferdinand von Mueller named several Cucurbitaceae that molecular data now show to be distinct.  Molecular analysis reveals that one of these is actually the closest wild relative of the cultivated melon, C. melo, and this finding has important implications to plant breeders.

The Acacia debate

Posted 01 Aug 2011

A plant name dispute that has bubbled away for a decade has finally been resolved at the recent XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne.  The species concerned are the acacias, which until now has included the Australian wattles and the thorn trees of the Serengeti—both highly recognisable and iconic groups of plants.

Ex situ conservation - Making a difference for Sydney Harbour National Park

Posted 29 Jul 2011

At one point, the only existing Allocasuarina portuensis were those in potted ex situ collections and the seed bank. Plants propagated as cuttings and from seed have been used to reintroduce this species at Neilsen Park and several other sites within Sydney Harbour National Park.

Marathon men sow seeds of history

Posted 01 Jul 2011

Some people sponsor a tree, others pull up weeds, but Chris Turnbull and Len Gervay are running 900kms from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for the Rare and Threatened Species Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.