Rainforest Conservation Program

Start date:
01 Jan 2013
End date:
31 Dec 2018
Researchers:
Dr Catherine A Offord, Dr Karen D Sommerville, Graeme Errington, Amanda Rollason, Veronica Viler, Patricia Meagher, Dr Zoe-Joy Newby
Project sponsors:
The Arcadia Fund have provided 50% of the project funding over a five year period. Supporters helping to match the Arcadia Fund include: Tony Maxwell and Robyn Godlee, Hon Justice Peter Garling and Jane Garling, the Greatorex Foundation, Christopher and Georgina Grubb, Dr Jan Roberts and Ken Roberts AM and Principal Conservation Partner HSBC.
Contact:
Catherine A Offord

Project aims

  • Investigating germination requirements and seedbanking potential of individual species 
  • Banking seeds that can be conserved by seedbanking and developing alternative conservation measures for those that can’t
  • Providing plants for display, interpretation and reintroduction 
  • Passing on lessons learned to the wider community.

 

Project summary

Australian rainforest plants are under threat from habitat fragmentation, weeds, disease and climate change. Seedbanking is a cost effective way of conserving vulnerable plants, but not all species can survive the necessary drying and freezing.

This program focusses on assessing the storage potential of seeds from Australian rainforest species, storing those seeds suitable for seedbanking and looking for alternative conservation measures for those that are not.

Until this project commenced, little was known about how many of these species could be conserved using seedbanking techniques. The findings will be important to the restoration and management of Australia’s vulnerable rainforests.

Until this project commenced, little was known about how many of these species could be conserved using seedbanking techniques.

Research update
Latest papers and reporting
Further rainforest papers and reporting