- Evolutionary ecology research
- Horticultural research
- Plant diversity research
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- NSW Herbarium
- Plant databases
- Australian PlantBank
- Art and illustration
- Plant Identification & Botanical Information Service
- Plant Disease Diagnostic Service
- Forensic Services
- Science staff
- Amalie Dietrich project
- Scientific publications
Australian PlantBank - a science initiative
Innovation and growth in science is critical to a sustainable environment and human wellbeing. Now more than ever, environmental challenges necessitate immediate practical steps in scientific research and education. The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is heir to almost 200 years of knowledge and expertise in plant science and has played a leading role in protecting plant diversity throughout that time. The Trust’s collections and scientific research are fundamental to informed decision making in areas of natural resource management, conservation planning and climate change response.
Continued growth in the Trust’s research capabilities is essential to ensure policy is informed by credible and robust information. To facilitate this growth, and to remedy current limitations, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust will construct a purpose-built conservation, research, and education facility to be known as ‘The Australian PlantBank’.
PlantBank will be designed as a world class research centre facilitating innovation, collaborative research and teaching programs. These programs will significantly improve science outcomes in areas of regional, national and international importance.
PlantBank will contribute to the preservation of the world’s plant diversity and ecological habitats; it will increase research capabilities leading to increased participation in international linkages and collaborations.
PlantBank will build upon the Trust’s scientific capability and enhance our statutory objective of disseminating knowledge about the plant life of Australia and New South Wales in particular.
Research outcomes will help deliver national and international targets set through the international Seedbank partnerships and research initiatives under the Convention of Biological Diversity and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.