Seed science and technology underpins our ability to conserve plants and to achieve large-scale, biodiverse, and sustainable restoration. The Seed Science team undertakes integrated research on seed biology, ecology and physiology to improve the use of native seeds in conservation and restoration.

Collecting seed dataThe Seed Science team collaborates with national and international partners, including other state botanic gardens and the Millennium Seedbank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, and works closely with Western Australian universities, the mining and agricultural industries and landcare groups to ensure research outcomes are disseminated to the wider community.

Research is targeted at seed collection, storage, propagation and delivery to site. Of these areas, seed germination and dormancy is the predominant area of investigation, as a limited understanding of seed germination requirements impacts on all seed research areas.