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The Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s mission is a national effort to conserve Australia’s native plant diversity through collaborative and sustainable seed collecting, banking, research and knowledge sharing. Our vision is a future where Australia’s native plant diversity is valued, understood and conserved for the benefit of all.

Collecting and storing seed in seed banks is one of the most powerful ways to combat the global decline of plant diversity. It offers an insurance policy against the further loss of plant species.

World of Seeds galleryThe Partnership unites the expertise of twelve institutions, including botanic gardens, herbaria, state environmental agencies and non-government organisations.


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Australasian Seed Science Conference 2020


Earlier this year we asked for feedback on the next iteration of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s National Seed Science Forum. We received a great deal of feedback and have used this to develop a conference experience for the broader seed science community.



Seed collecting in the Northern Territory

During May the steering committee of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership met at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens in the Northern Territory for our annual face to face meeting. Partners from across Australia’s conservation and restoration seed banks spent two days evaluating projects from the past 12 months and workshopping priorities for the years ahead. 



Seed Science Forum Closed

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Seed Science Forum survey. The survey is now closed. We received over 170 responses from representatives across a range of sectors including academia, botanic gardens, conservation organisations, government and many others. We will review your feedback and use it to design a forum that meets the needs of the seed science community throughout Australia and further afield.

Partner Stories


Back from the dead: the rediscovery of a presumed extinct Acacia

Acacia prismifolia was known from only two plant collections; the first collected in 1901 and the second in 1933, before being listed as being presumed extinct in the 1990’s after extensive searches failed to find any trace of the species.

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Plants in Peril!

With less than 10 plants left in the wild, the Critically Endangered Verticordia spicata subsp. squamosa is in a perilous situation. Thankfully positive action is being taken to prevent the loss in the wild of this stunning feather flower. Seed collections, made 20 years ago, are being drawn upon to grow plants that will be used to augment an existing