Rainforest Conservation Program
- Start date:
- 01 Jan 2013
- End date:
- 31 Dec 2018
- Dr Catherine A Offord,
Dr Karen D Sommerville,
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.
- Catherine A Offord
- 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.
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.
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