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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Parks and Wildlife Commission

The Northern Territory’s Parks and Wildlife Commission has recently recommenced its work with the Australian Seed Bank Partnership through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Early seed banking efforts, which supported the phase one of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, were undertaken by the Northern Territory Government, through the Alice Springs Desert Park. This earlier work placed priority on the Territory’s threatened, endemic and culturally important species. More than 700 Northern Territory species have been collected and banked for the Alice Springs Seed Bank to date. A database has also been created to record information about seed biology characteristics such as dormancy and germination.

The collecting region for the Alice Springs Seed Bank had a large latitudinal range, covering desert, grassland, tropical and equatorial climatic regions across the Territory. Despite surpassing its original goal of collecting 550 of Northern Territory’s wild plant species, the Seed Bank – hampered by the sheer size of the Northern Territory and adverse environmental conditions over several years – still has many other species of conservation priority to collect.

The focus of seed banking efforts for the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens will be in the 'Top End' of the Northern Territory. The National Seed Bank staff at the Australian National Botanic Gardens are providing training and capacity building to the Northern Territory team to supporting their growing seed conservation program.

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Collecting Atalaya brevialata (GBDBG)
Posted: 06 May 2016

As part of our 1000 Species Project, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens has been collecting the critically endangered Atalaya brevialata.

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: 02 May 2011

Feral house mice have invaded Alice Springs – threatening valuable seed collections and plant specimens.

Debbie Randall collecting in the Northern Territory
Posted: 02 May 2011

Northern Territory has met its target of 550 new species for the international Millennium Seed Bank Project.