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SeedSafe – Tasmania

Tasmania’s SeedSafe is a collaboration between the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Tasmanian Herbarium, and the Biodiversity Conservation Branch of Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

SeedSafe began as part of the Millennium Seedbank Project. Its long-term aim is to hold viable, multi-provenanced collections for the entire Tasmanian flora. It also assists in the reintroduction and restoration of native plant communities.

SeedSafe makes its laboratory germination testing data available to the general public via the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens website. The Germination Database also provides documents explaining the science behind germination and seed dormancy, as well as how to apply germination test techniques at home.

Within the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, SeedSafe contributes 20 years of experience in wild seed germination, 10 years of experience in germination database structure, and extensive knowledge of the Tasmanian flora. SeedSafe personnel also contribute to the Partnership at an organisational level.

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James Wood having his boots washed to stop the spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi (RTBG)
Posted: 06 May 2016

Managing biosecurity risks is a key consideration when ASBP Partners are undertaking field work.

Collecting Pencil Pine on the Tyndall Range, Southwest National Park (RTBG)
Posted: 10 Sep 2015

2015 presented a 'masting' event across Tasmania that enabled the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens team to seed bank significant collections of endemic montane conifers.

Coprosma moorei in fruit (Photo: RTBG)
Posted: 05 Jun 2014

A Bush Blitz program surveying private properties in Tasmania's Central Plateau brought ASBP partners from Canberra and Tasmania together to collect potentially threatened members of EPBC Act listed Alpine Sphagnum bog communities.

Posted: 15 May 2014

A critically endangered part of the Macquarie Island ecosystem is being preserved through ex situ conservation, in a project undertaken by the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens.

Posted: 02 Jan 2014

Shy Susan (Tetratheca gunnii) has a restricted range in Tasmania and there are around 250 plants remaining. It has now been listed as endangered. The team at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is working on the seed production of Shy Susan so there will be sufficient seed resources available for use in developing techniques to help enhance this species' existing wild population.