Workshop 1 – Seed Banking 101

Wednesday the 8th September 2021.

Seed scientists from Australian institutions and the Millennium Seed Bank will instruct delegates in the basics of establishing and managing seed and gene banking programs, including identifying target species, planning and conducting field work, and implementing best-practice approaches and techniques. These methods ensure that seeds are collected responsibly and stored appropriately to maintain viability, and grown-on effectively. These methods can be applied to individual research projects through to long-term conservation programs.

This half-day workshop will cover the basics of collecting, storing, and managing seed collections for long-term conservation. The workshop will be a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, live Q&As and group sessions.

The Australasian Seed Science Conference provides a space for seed scientists and germplasm conservation practitioners throughout Australasia and the Pacific to explore opportunities for building stronger collaborations and networks. We invite you to join us for a discussion about a possible Australasia-Pacific Seed Network at 4pm AEDT on Wednesday 8th September, immediately following Workshop 101. Links will be provided to registered delegates.

The workshop will cover the following topics

  • Part 1: Collecting
    • Pre-collection activities
    • Making high quality collections
  • Part 2: Keeping seeds alive
    • Seed-air moisture
    • Seed drying
  • Part 3: Management
    • Managing longevity of collections
    • Managing data (MSBP Data Warehouse)

The workshop is particularly aimed at:

  • Staff of private and public bodies in the field of nature conservation
  • Students/researchers interested in seed banking

There is no pre-requisite for this workshop, so all are welcome!