The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority enjoys an international reputation in biodiversity conservation science.
Our team undertakes integrated research focused on practical outcomes in native plant biology, rare plant conservation and bushland restoration. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.
The Seed Conservation team undertakes research into theoretical and applied aspects of seed biology, physiology, and ecology. This research aims to advance the underlying principles of seed biology and translate these into technologies for plant propagation, conservation, and landscape restoration.
Seed Conservation supports the WA Seed Centre - Kings Park which plays a vital role in conserving WA’s biodiversity through the long-term storage of seeds.
Research focuses on seed collection, quality assessment and control, seed banking, seed germination and dormancy, and techniques for improving seed delivery and seedling establishment at restoration sites. Seed ecological research aims to understand the role of seeds in shaping the establishment, reproduction, and persistence of plant species and communities.
Meet the scientist
Join Luke Sweedman, former Curator of the Western Australian Seed Centre, as he takes you 'behind the scenes' of Kings Park's seed collecting field trips. Share a very special project our seed collector and team have been working with the Yindjibarndi people on, the traditional custodians of the Pilbara region of WA.
Join Bronwyn Ayre talk about her research on the impact of introduced honeybees on native plants.
Join Lily Whelehan and Milana Lukic chat about the use of plant cryopreservation in conservation.
Join Vanessa Brown share her research to improve Banksia woodland researation with seed spaghetti.
Butterflies Australia has an excellent app you can use to collect data that assists scientists to monitor the butterflies in our bushland.
Look out for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October. Another great citizen science project to help monitor our native birds.
We would love to hear from you and your class. Share your photos and findings with us via social media using the hashtag #STEMActionInKingsPark.