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Publications from PlantBank

Seed biology and seedbanking: book chapters

Offord CA (2016) ‘Germplasm Conservation’. In Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Second Edition. Editors: B. Thomas, D.J. Murphy, B.G. Murray. Academic Press, pp. 281-288.

Ashmore SE, Martyn A, Sommerville K and Offord CA (2015) Seed Biology. Chapter 11. In: ‘Crop Wild Relatives and Climate Change’. First Edition. (Eds R Redden, S Yadav, N Maxted, ME Dulloo, L Guarino, P Smith). pp.187-211. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Offord CA and Meagher PF (eds) (2009) Plant germplasm conservation: strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections. Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.

Offord CA and Tyler JL (1997) Ex situ conservation of rare and endangered Australian plant species.  In ‘Conservation into the 21st Century’.  (Ed D. Touchell and K.W. Dixon) pp. 239-244. Kings Park and Botanic Garden: Perth W.A.

Seed biology, tissue culture and germplasm conservation publications


Sommerville KD, Clarke B, Keppel G, McGill C, Newby Z-J, Wyse SV, James SA, Offord CA (2018) Saving rainforests in the South Pacific: challenges in ex situ conservation. Australian Journal of Botany.
Offord CA, Guja LK, Turner SR, Merritt DJ (2018) Seeds at the forefront: Synthesis of the inaugural National Seed Science Forum and future directions in Australian Seed Science. Australian Journal of Botany 65(8) 601 – 608
Tierney DA, Sommerville KD, Tierney KE, Fatemi M and Gross CL (2017) Trading populations – can biodiversity offsets effectively compensate for population losses? Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 2115-2131.

Emery N, Catelotti K & Offord C (2016) Research on eastern Australian Persoonia. Australian Plants 28 (226): 210-217.

Cuneo P, Scott J and Catelotti K (2016) Seed production and direct seeding to restore grassy understorey diversity at Mount Annan, NSW. Ecological Management & Restoration Project summaries. 

Emery N (2016) Crime Seed Investigation: the perplexities of Persoonia. Wildlife Australia. Winter 2016. p 15-17. 

Offord CA (2016) Science, seeds and scats: engaging the community at the Australian PlantBank. THE BOTANIC GARDENer 45: 47-50.
Nguyen KQ, Cuneo P, Cunningham SA, Krix DW, Leigh A and Murray BR (2016) Ecological effects of increasing time since invasion by the exotic African olive (Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata) on leaf-litter invertebrate assemblages. Biological Invasions, pp.1-11. 
Sommerville KD, Errington G, Newby Z-J and Offord CA (2016) The rainforest challenge – testing the ‘unstorable seed’ assumption. Australasian Plant Conservation 25(2): 10-12.

Cuneo P and Leishman MR (2015) Recovery after African olive invasion: can a ‘bottom up’ approach to ecological restoration work? Ecological Management and Restoration 16:1 33-40.

Errington G, Offord CA and Caterall C (2015) Maximising the value of seed collections for horticulture and conservation. Acta Horticulturae 1101: 55-62.

Guja LK, Broadhurst LM, Brown AH, Bush D, Cochrane A, Merritt DJ, Offord CA, Rossetto M, Wallace MJ, Wood J (2015) Letter to the editor: Genetic diversity is a significant but not the only consideration for effective ex situ plant conservation: Response to Hoban and Schlarbaum. Biological Conservation 184: 467-468.  

Offord CA, Rollason A and Frith A (2015) Tissue culture of Persoonia species for horticulture and restoration. Acta Horticulturae 1097: 149-154. 

Sommerville KD and Offord CA (2015) Ex situ conservation techniques for Australian rainforest species. Acta Horticulturae 1101: 75-80. 
Sommerville KD and Offord CA (2014) Conserving a life cycle – simultaneous cryopreservation of orchid seeds and mycorrhizal fungi. Acta Horticulturae 1039: 219-226.

Errington G, Sommerville KD and Offord CA (2014). The Rainforest Conservation Project. Australian Plants 27: 267-271.
Fahey M, Martyn A and Offord C (2014) Historic seed collections germinated for the Australian PlantBank opening. Australasian Plant Conservation 23 (3): 7-8.

Merritt DJ, Martyn AJ, Ainsley P, Young RE, Seed LU, Thorpe M, Hay FR, Commander LE, Shackelford N, Offord CA, Dixon KW and Probert RJ (2014). A continental-scale study of seed lifespan in storage reveals seed, plant, and environmental traits associated with longevity. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 1081-1104.

Offord CA and Siemon J (2014) The Australian PlantBank: a new era in plant science for the Sydney Botanic Garden. Australian Plants 27: 263-266.
Errington G, Scott J and Offord C (2014) We put the plants in PlantBank. Saving our Species Newsletter Issue 2 - November 2014, NSW Environment & Heritage.
Errington G, Cuneo P and Offord CA (2013). Seeds behaving badly: Conservation of rainforest species. Australasian Plant Conservation 21(3): 17-19.

Sommerville KD, Martyn AJ and Offord CA (2013) Can seed characteristics or species distribution be used to predict the stratification requirements of herbs in the Australian Alps? Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 172: 187-204.

Sommerville K, Rossetto M, Pulkownik A (2013) Maximising adaptive potential in translocated populations of clonal saltmarsh plants: a case study on Wilsonia backhousei, Convolvulaceae. Wetlands Ecology and Management 21:339-351.

Merritt DJ, Hay FR, Swarts ND, Sommerville KD, Dixon KW (2013) Ex situ conservation and cryopreservation of orchid germplasm. International Journal of Plant Sciences 175(1):46-58.
Sommerville K, Pulkownik A and Burchett M (2012) Reproductive biology of a threatened Australian saltmarsh plant – Wilsonia backhousei. Aquatic Botany 99:1-10.

Hamilton KN and Offord CA (2012) A comparative study of seed morphology in relation to desiccation tolerance and other physiological responses in 71 Eastern Australian Rainforest species. Plant Species Biology 28: 51-62. 
Ashmore SE, Hamilton KN and Offord CA (2011) Conservation technologies for safeguarding and restoring threatened flora: case studies from eastern Australia. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant 47: 99-109.

Rossetto M, Thurlby KA, Offord CA, Allen CB and Weston PH (2011) The impact of distance and a shifting temperature gradient on genetic connectivity across a heterogeneous landscape. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11:126
Cuneo P, Offord CA and Leishman MR (2010) Seed ecology of the invasive woody plant African Olive (Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata) – implications for management and restoration. Australian Journal of Botany 58: 342-348.
Frith A, Offord CA and Martyn AJ (2009) To bag or not to bag? The effect of different collection methods on seed germination of Zieria arborescens ssp. arborescens Sim. Ecological Restoration and Management 10: 238-241.
Hamilton KN, Ashmore SE and Pritchard HW (2009) Thermal analysis and cryopreservation of seeds of Australian wild Citrus species (Rutaceae): Citrus australasica, C. inodora and C. garrawayi. Cryoletters 30 (4) 268-279.

Hamilton KN, Ashmore SE and Offord CA (2009) Development of conservation technologies for Australian rainforest fruits and CWR. Crop Wild Relative, IUCN Crop Wild Relative Specialist group, Issue 7, 10-12.

Aldous DE, Offord CA and Silk JP (2011). The origin of horticulture in Australia: the early European colony in Sydney 1778-1850. Chronica Horticulturae 51 (4): 9-13 
Martyn A (2009) Seed longevity in Australian species: a collaborative study through the AuSCaR (Australian Seed Conservation and Research) network. Australasian Plant Conservation 17 (4): 9-10.

Martyn AJ, Seed LU, Ooi MKJ and Offord CA (2009) Seed fill, viability and germination of NSW species in the family Rutaceae. Cunninghamia 11(2):203-212.

Offord CA and Tyler JL (2009). In vitro propagation of Pimelea spicata R.Br. (Thymeleaceae), an endangered species of the Sydney region, Australia. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 98:19-23.

Rossetto M, Crayn D, Ford A, Mellick R and Sommerville K (2009) The influence of environment and life-history traits on the distribution of genes and individuals: a comparative study of 11 rainforest trees. Molecular Ecology 18: 1422-1438.

Sommerville KD, Heslewood MM, Siemon JP and Offord CA (2009) Banking site soil for the germination of terrestrial orchid seed collections. Seed Science and Technology 37: 222-228.

Hamilton KN (2008) Australia’s unique wild citrus diversity. Samara, 14, 3.

Hamilton KN and Ashmore SE (2008) Development of conservation technologies for Australia’s rainforest and tropical native fruits. Australasian Plant Conservation 17 (1): 30 – 31

Martyn AJ, Seed LU and Offord CA (2008) Desiccation tolerance of threatened Australian species Myrsine richmondensis. Seed Science and Technology 36: 206-209.

Sommerville K, Rossetto M and Pulkownik A (2008) Abstract: The importance of understanding genetic diversity in ecological restoration – a case study on Wilsonia backhousei (Convolvulaceae). Australasian Plant Conservation 17: 6.

Sommerville KD, Siemon JD, Wood CB and Offord CA (2008) Simultaneous encapsulation of seed and mycorrhizal fungi for long-term storage and propagation of terrestrial orchids. Australian Journal of Botany 56: 609-615.

Offord C (2008) (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. Seventh National Conference, 21-24 April 2008, Mulgoa NSW.

Seed L, Vaughton G and Ramsey M (2006) Delayed autonomous selfing and inbreeding depression in the Australian annual Hibiscus trionum var. vesicarius (Malvaceae).  Australian Journal of Botany, 54: 27-34.
Seed L, Martyn AJ and Offord CA (2006)  Seed viability in serotinous species of the Sydney region.  Australasian Plant Conservation 15 (1): 8-9.
Offord C and Cuneo P (2004).  Seedquest NSW: a partnership for conservation.  Australasian Plant Conservation 12 (4): 6-7.
Offord CA, Mckensy ML and Cuneo PV (2004)  Critical review of threatened species collections in the NSW Seedbank: Implications for ex situ conservation of biodiversity.  Pacific Conservation Biology 10(4): 221-236.

Martyn A, Tyler J, Offord C and McConchie R (2003) Swainsona sejuncta: A species of ornamental promise or a potential weed?  Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 43 (11): 1369-1381.

Offord C, Mckensy M, Brien J, Errington G and Cuneo P (2003)  Germination and ex situ storage of Hakea dohertyi (Proteaceae) seed.  Cunninghamia 8(1): 129-132.

Offord C and Azzopardi A (2002)  Propagation of the Nightcap oak (Eidothea hardeniana).  Australian Plants 21: 343-344.
Offord C, Muir S and Tyler J (2002) Coir, a substitute for peat in potting mixes.  Australian Plants 21: 246/269-271.  
Muir S, Khoo C, Offord C, Summerell B, McCabe B, Brien J, Dann E, Terras MA, Tesoreiro L (2001) Do plants need silicon? Combined Proceedings of the International Plant Propagators Society 51: 131-135.
von Richter L, Azzopardi A, Johnstone R and Offord C (2001) Seed germination in the rare shrub Grevillea kennedyana (Proteaceae).  Cunninghamia 7: 205-212.

Donovan NJ, Offord CA and Tyler JL (1999) Vegetative cutting and in vitro propagation of the tree waratah, Alloxylon flammeum  P. Weston and Crisp (Proteaceae).  Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 39: 225-229.

Offord CA, Muir S and Tyler J (1998) Growth of selected Australian plants in soilless media using coir as a substitute for peat. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 38(8):  879-87.

Offord CA (1992) Ex situ conservation of Pultenaea parviflora. Danthonia 1: 6-7.