After more than 17 years in demountable buildings, Western Australia’s conservation seed bank – the Threatened Flora Seed Centre – has moved to new state-of-the-art premises.
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The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre – Western Australia
The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre (Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program) in Western Australia was established to safeguard a geographically diverse range of seeds from threatened plant species.
This ‘insurance policy’ complements other strategies designed to protect WA’s biodiversity. Since 1993, the Seed Centre has successfully stored seeds from three-quarters of WA’s threatened plant species, and continues to improve the breadth and depth of its collections. It has also reintroduced more than 50 threatened species back into the wild.
Key research areas of the Seed Centre’s Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program include:
- germination biology, focusing on conservation-listed flora
- seed quality and longevity studies
- threat susceptibility studies, including disease, salinity and climate change
- seed ecological studies
- plant reintroduction research
- genetic studies into seed sourcing, sampling and the viability of plant populations.