Workshop report

Seed collection, storage and use for native vegetation restoration

University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD
3 April 2013


This workshop provided participants with the knowledge needed to effectively collect, store and use seed in native vegetation restoration. It was the second time this workshop, based on the ANPC’s Plant Germplasm Conservation Guidelines, has been delivered. 

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The first half of the day provided an overview of the theory. Tricia Hogbin (ANPC) gave an introduction to germplasm conservation and decision-making for seed storage. Amelia Martyn (PlantBank NSW, Mount Annan Botanic Gardens) spoke about seed collection, covering: developing a strategy, collection methods, pest & disease management. She then demonstrated hygiene considerations to prevent disease spread when collecting seed.

Amelia then covered seed banking: cleaning, storage, testing and longevity. The theory presentations closed with a presentation by Phil Ainsley (South Australian Seed Conservation Centre, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide) on seed germination and dormancy.

Participants then applied their newfound knowledge of seed cleaning and seed viability testing in a lab-based practical activity.

Two case study presentations followed. Adele Maguire, of Greening Australia, spoke about Seed collection, storage and use from a Greening Australia perspective. Phil Ainsley then spoke about understanding the germination requirements of two conservation significant arid zone plant species.

The day closed with a discussion session where participants had an opportunity to discuss how the information learnt may be applied to their role in seed use.

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