- 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
Viability, Outcomes & Measures
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has undertaken an extensive consultation process and viability assessment to give consideration to a range of options in relation to the Australian PlantBank proposal.
This process included a project initiation workshop with internal and external stakeholders in 2007 and a preliminary business case in 2008. The findings from this research are summarised below.
The option of doing nothing would result in significant consequences including:
The overall conclusion of the consultation and viability assessment is that the unique outcomes of PlantBank could not be realised another way. This conclusion was also reiterated in the NSW Treasury Strategic Gateway Review (November 2008), PlantBank Business Case (November 2009) and the NSW Treasury Business Case Gateway Review (November 2009).
Whilst the Trust has a number of strategies in place to manage demand on facilities - including research partnerships to utilise the facilities of partner institutions and/or to leverage funding through collaborative research grants - these are short term and will not address future demands. Future demands include the need for information to address threats to biodiversity, including the impact of climate change, and other vegetation and biodiversity priorities.
The real value and success of PlantBank will be measured in the long term. It will be judged by the quality of the seed collection, processing, documentation and storage programs that will deliver seeds from endangered native species preserved for future use. In the short to medium term, PlantBank will be assessed by quantitative measures which include: Documentation, preservation and restoration of endangered New South Wales native species:
Enhanced scientific research output: