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The Australian National Botanic Gardens National Seed Bank

The National Seed Bank is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. The work focuses on long-term storage of conservation seed collections, researching seed germination and establishment protocols, and supplying seed to conservation and research institutions.

The National Seed Bank contains about 5300 accessions – individual seed collections, normally stored in a single packet – from more than 2600 different plant groups. For each seed collection, a herbarium specimen is collected and lodged at the Australian National Herbarium. Provenance details, such as location, vegetation information, date and time, are comprehensively recorded and entered into the publicly accessible Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) database.

The National Seed Bank staff collaborate with the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. They also work with researchers from the Australian National University, investigating Australian alpine seed and seedling ecology.

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014

Lydia Guja, Australian National Botanic Gardens' Seed Conservation Biologist, is researching Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens. Lydia's work will help in the protection and restoration of such threatened communities.

collecting ficus microcarpa
Posted: 11 Apr 2014

A team from the Australian National Botanic Gardens recently headed out to Christmas Island to work with staff on the Christmas Island Minesite to Forest Rehabilitation (CIMFR) program.

Swainsona recta
Posted: 03 Oct 2013

A collaboration between ACTEW Water and the Australian National Botanic Gardens is helping to preserve the endangered small purple pea, Swainsona recta, through a successful translocation program.

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.

Dampiera fusca (Credit: ANBG)
Posted: 28 Mar 2013

On the morning of 12 February 2013, volunteers and staff from the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) set out to the Tinderry Nature Reserve, SE of Canberra, to find the elusive plant, Dampiera fusca.