Workshops are available to registered Conference delegates only. Each workshop has limited capacity so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Workshop 1: Seed Banking 101

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, stored appropriately to maintain viability, and grown-on effectively. These methods can be applied to individual research projects through to long-term conservation programs.

Workshop 2: Advanced Germplasm Storage / Germplasm Guidelines

In line with the upcoming publication of ANPC’s new Germplasm Guidelines, delegates will learn advanced techniques for:

  • Identifying seeds that are desiccation or freezing sensitive,
  • Identifying seeds that are likely to be short-lived in storage,
  • Cryopreserving short-lived seeds, and
  • Extracting and cryopreserving embryonic axes of desiccation sensitive seeds.

Workshop 3: Data Analysis

Delegates will learn the fundamentals of designing robust seed germination experiments and will work through a range of standard and innovative approaches for statistical analysis of seed and germination data.