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Australian PlantBank – Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust


Photo: John Gollings
Photo: John Gollings
Photo: John Gollings

The Australian PlantBank is a science and research facility for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust located in south-west Sydney at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. It houses the Garden's seed bank and research laboratories, which specialise in the conservation and horticultural research of NSW plant species. Since opening in October 2013, PlantBank has received six prestigious architectural awards, and is now recognised not only as a cutting-edge centre for plant research and learning, but also as a leader in terms of architectural design and sustainability.

The Australian PlantBank incorporates a seed vault (formerly the NSW Seedbank) and other Australian Botanic Garden living collections such as tissue cultures and orchid mychorrizal fungi. It has major collections of Eucalyptus, Acacia, Proteaceae and Orchidaceae, as well as wild threatened species.

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Posted: 31 Jan 2014

Phone applications (apps) are now playing a huge role in both environmental interpretation and plant identification. The Australian PlantBank is now using this technology to engage visitors.

Euphrasia species. Image K. Downs.
Posted: 29 Jul 2013

Temperature is a critical factor influencing plant regeneration. A recent study from the Australian PlantBank identifies which species have a requirement for chilling prior to germination, making them particularly vulnerable to a warming climate.

Posted: 16 Sep 2011

The NSW state budget has confirmed support for PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.  The proposed 3200sq m building for PlantBank has been designed with thermal-efficient vaults where millions of seeds will be deep-frozen to support plant conservation.  PlantBank project co-ordinator John Siemon said PlantBank would hold national significance as the largest native plant conservation facility in Australia.

A female flower of the Allocasuarina portuensis (Photo: A. Orme)
Posted: 29 Jul 2011

At one point, the only existing Allocasuarina portuensis were those in potted ex situ collections and the seed bank. Plants propagated as cuttings and from seed have been used to reintroduce this species at Neilsen Park and several other sites within Sydney Harbour National Park.

Landscape south of Tibooburra in NSW. Photo: G.Errington
Posted: 02 May 2011

After a decade of drought, exceptional rainfall over large areas of western NSW in 2010 spelt good news for seed collectors.