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The Western Australia Seed Technology Centre – Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

Seed hunter Dan Duval collects seeds in an arid zone of South Australia. Photo: SA Seed Conservation Centre
Research at the WA Seed Technology Centre at Kings Park focuses on seed storage and germination
Photo: Jacaranda Photography

The Western Australian Seed Technology Centre at Kings Park and Botanic Garden collects seeds and plant material to conserve Western Australia’s biodiversity and for horticultural and research activities. The Centre also works with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife to propagate and conserve threatened flora across the state.

The seed bank at Kings Park has been in operation since the 1960s and currently holds more than 10,600 collections. The Centre includes WA’s cryogenic storage facility for rare and common orchids and for other rare plant material.

Seed science activities are focussed on supporting the conservation programs and advancing the use of seeds for the restoration of degraded landscapes.

Kings Park supports the Australian Seed Bank Partnership through exchanging seed collections, collaborative research programs, university training and community involvement.

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Posted: 30 Nov 2016

Global leaders in seed science, representing eight different countries, were brought together in October 2016 for the Seed Trait Workshop. The workshop provided a great opportunity for networking and collaboration and will result in tangible outputs, such as a global standard and methodology for how to measure and collect seed traits.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015

Teams of collectors in the Australian Seed Bank Partnership are not deterred by the “Tyranny of Distance”, which renders reconnaissance work an ambitious and costly endeavour because of large distances, remote and inaccessible terrain, and limited knowledge of fruiting populations.

Posted: 22 Jan 2015

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) and BHP Billiton Iron Ore have led an interactive “think tank” as part of the $5 million Restoration Seed Bank Initiative. BGPA Chief Executive Officer Mark Webb said the think tank had come at an important time in ensuring the mining industry in Western Australia was leading the world in rehabilitation practice. “The RSB model has created significant international interest with the growing recognition of landscape-scale ecological rehabilitation in biodiversity protection,” Mr Webb said.

Anigozanthos manglesii subsp. quadrans
Posted: 04 Feb 2014

Plants may be iconic and endemic within a State and commonly grown, however, many of these species may not be stored in secure long term seed banks. Read about what the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority have been doing this season to secure some of the iconic Western Australian flora.

Posted: 30 May 2013

Professor Kingsley Dixon’s contribution to research on native plants and the regeneration of ecosystems was recognised on 25 May 2013 in London when he was awarded the Linnean Medal. It is only the second time an Australian has won the prestigious Linnean Medal.