- Evolutionary ecology research
- Horticultural research
- Save a Species
- Control of flowering in waratahs
- NSW Seedbank
- Plant Conservation Course
- Seed biology
- Rainforest seed project
- Seed germination of high-altitude species
- Terrestrial Orchid Conservation
- Terrestrial orchids
- Plant diversity research
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- Scientific publications
About the NSW Seedbank
The NSW Seedbank is a facility for storing seed collected from plants throughout Australia, with a focus on NSW native species and threatened species. There are currently more than 9000 collections of fully documented wild sourced seed held in the Seedbank.
The Seedbank was established in 1986 as an integral part of the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, the Australian plant garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens &Domain Trust. Its initial role was to provide wild collected seed for the development of this new Garden, particularly the Gardenís major collections of wattles, eucalypts and plants in the family Proteaceae. These collections were generally in small quantity but covered a very wide range of species and localities.
A major upgrade of the seedbank facility in 1999 and collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank (UK) from 2003 has ensured that high quality seed collecting, processing and research is carried out for conservation and to support the ongoing development of the Australian Botanic Garden.
Collections for the Seedbank also support a range of horticultural research projects, from plant breeding and horticultural development of flannel flowers and waratahs to highly specific conservation projects such as the Wollemi Pine.
Click here for information on our horticultural research laboratory and our horticultural publications.
Our facilities and expertise also make it an ideal place to provide information and training for seedbanking practitioners and students.