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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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