Safeguarding seeds in the vault
Plants growing in alpine and tropical areas regions are particularly susceptible to climate change alternative back-up plans are being developed.
“Feldmark grass, Rytidosperma pumilum, is Australia’s smallest grass and is extremely vulnerable as it only grows in a three-square kilometre area in the high alpine section of Kosciuszko National Park,” said Dr Summerell.
Thanks to the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program, scientists based at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan have successfully collected and stored over 1200 feldmark grass seeds at the Australian PlantBank.
“These seeds join 61% of NSW’s threatened flora stored in the seed vault, in tissue culture or in cryopreservation at the Australian PlantBank, creating a vital back-up collection and resource for future restoration projects,” said Dr Summerell.
“We recognise things are going to change, but we can use the latest science and technology to create ecosystems that are better adapted to climate change,” said Dr Summerell.