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ANPC is proud to announce the launch of the new Germplasm Guidelines, described by one contributor as “one of the most useful and practical tools for the uncertain years ahead of us”. We thank the many contributors who wrote chapters or one of the fifty case studies in this edition and others who provided peer review during the process. Plant material – germplasm – is stored in Australia’s conservation seed banks, as living collections in botanic gardens, tiny shoots in tissue culture, and even as cryo-stored seeds ready to be reinvigorated many years after storage. These guidelines showcase the latest techniques, literature and procedures for optimising germplasm storage and use. With plenty of infographics, illustrations and photos, these guidelines are necessary but enjoyable reading for staff within conservation agencies, scientists, nursery staff, students, volunteers, and anyone interested in applied plant biology. The Germplasm Guidelines are available for free download: