Threatened Flora Seed Centre Lab
Threatened Flora Seed Centre Lab
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About the Threatened Flora Seed Centre

As the Department of Parks and Wildlife collects and stores seed for conservation purposes, seed from the Threatened Flora Seed Centre is not available to the public.

The Threatened Flora Seed Centre is Western Australia's principal seed banking facility for rare, threatened and poorly known native plant species.

The primary functions of the Threatened Flora Seed Centre are:

  • to store seed of Western Australia's conservation significant flora for indefinite periods of time whilst maintaining the highest possible viability of the seed
  • to maintain an integrated database on seed provenance and seed biology for each plant species collected.

The seed centre aims to store sufficient genetic resources from each threatened species to ensure its successful reintroduction and establishment in the wild if extinction occurs. Its activities underpin many of the department’s plant recovery programs.

The centre currently houses more than 4,000 collections. All seed is sourced from the wild and fully documented.

The seed bank was established in 1992 and is located at the Western Australian Conservation Science Centre. It has a drying room, walk-in cool room (4°C), freezer room (-20°C) and a laboratory equipped to conduct seed research. During its 21 years of operation, the Threatened Flora Seed Centre has made significant progress towards the ex-situ seed storage of the State's rare and threatened flora.

The Threatened Flora Seed Centre is involved in national (such as the Australian Seed Bank Partnership) and international ( such as the Milennium Seed Bank Project) seed conservation projects that contribute towards meeting Australia's obligations to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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