Workshop report
Seed collection, storage and use for native vegetation restoration

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan NSW
5 November 2012

This workshop provided participants with the knowledge needed to effectively collect, store and use seed in native vegetation restoration. The workshop, based on the ANPC’s Plant Germplasm Conservation Guidelines, was very popular, with interest exceeding capacity.

Amelia Martyn, of the Australian Botanic Garden, assisted greatly in the development and delivery of this workshop, developing workshop content based on ANPC’s Plant Germplasm Conservation Guidelines.

Given the success of this workshop it will be rolled out across Australia over the next two years (see note below regarding future ANPC workshops).

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The first half of the day provided an overview of the theory. Bob Makinson (Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust) gave an introduction to germplasm conservation and decision-making for seed storage. Anne Cochrane (Threatened Flora Seed Centre, Department of Environment and Conservation (WA)) spoke about seed collection, covering: developing a strategy, collection methods, pest & disease management. Amelia Martyn then spoke about 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 use: germination and dormancy.

A series of case study presentations followed. Linda Broadhurst (CSIRO Plant Industry) spoke about identifying high quality seed sources for restoration projects; Graeme Errington (The Australian Botanic Garden) highlighted recent developments the storage of rainforest seeds; Karen Sommerville (The Australian Botanic Garden) spoke about Germination and storage of threatened orchid species; and Paul Gibson-Roy (Greening Australia) spoke about the Grassy Groundcover Research Project, with a particular focus on seed orchards and direct seeding.

The day closed with a collection of workshop activities that saw participants testing seed viability and learning how to clean seed.

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