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Queensland Seeds for Life (Q-SFL)

Queensland Seeds for Life (Q-SFL) is the State’s key agency for seed banking and research of Queensland plants. It comprises a partnership between the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (BBG), Griffith University (GU) and the University of Queensland (UQ), with support from the Queensland Herbarium and Greening Australia Queensland (GAQ). Through its international partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBGKew), seeds from over 800 Queensland plant species have been collected and stored in Queensland, with duplicates at RBG Kew. The BBG seed bank is the major hub for seed collecting and storage, with further banking and state of the art seed science research facilities at GU and UQ. The group brings particular expertise and skills to the ASBP in seed dormancy and seed longevity research, mined land rehabilitation, and research for the long-term conservation of recalcitrant plants using in vitro and cryopreservation technologies.

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Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Jason collecting on the coast at Portland Roads. Photo: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Jason Halford collecting on the coast at Portland Road
Photo: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
   Trays of acacia seeds. Photo: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Trays of acacia seeds
Photo: Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens has been involved in seed banking since 1983. With the support of the Millennium Seed Bank, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens' seed banking facility has collected and stored seed of more than 800 native Queensland plant species to date.

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Environmental Futures Centre, Griffith University

Citrus inodora SE (germinating). Photo: Griffith University
Citrus inodora SE (germinating)
Photo: Griffith University

The Environmental Futures Centre brings together a large, multidisciplinary team of researchers who share the common goal of researching sustainability in natural, production and urban ecosystems.

The Centre’s research themes include biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration and management, and sustainable production. Scientists from a range of scientific fields, including those with expertise in policy and governance, collaborate on issues of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity conservation.

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The Integrated Seed Research Unit – The University of Queensland

Apaitia Macanawai, Thi Nguyen and Amalia Belgeri Garcia (left to right).  Photo: The University of Queensland
Apaitia Macanawai, Thi Nguyen and Amalia Belgeri Garcia (left to right)
Photo: The University of Queensland
   Pimelea ligustrina xray. Photo: The University of Queensland
Xray of Pimelea ligustrina
Photo: The University of Queensland

The Integrated Seed Research Unit is based within the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The Unit collects seeds and plant material to conserve Queensland’s biodiversity and for rehabilitation and research activities.

Over the past 10 years, the Integrated Seed Research Unit has collected and banked seeds of more than 300 species in its own seed bank and in the Millennium Seed Bank. The Unit also works with several Queensland partners on the ‘Seeds for Life’ project, to propagate and conserve flora across the State.

The Unit’s seed science team researches new ways to refine seed storage and cryopreservation techniques, and help restore degraded landscapes across Australia. In collaboration with its partners, the Unit has published the definitive textbook Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology, as well as 20 scientific research papers on the biology, conservation and use of native seeds.

The Integrated Seed Research Unit supports the Australian Seed Bank Partnership through:

  • collaborative research programs
  • university training
  • international collaborations.

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