Seeding Victoria has just completed the rebuild of our storage facilities after two years of being housed in temporary facilities, post the 2009/10 flood events. We now have a brand new cool room which will provided the best storage facilities that Seed Bank has had access too, keeping our seed at low temperatures and humidity. We are still located on the same site but just behind the office facilities in what use to be the old nursery propagation shed.
Staff have attended a number of conferences in the past year to further their knowledge of seed ecology and took part in an industry focused workshop run by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.
The Australian Seed Bank Partnership's National Seed Science Forum was held in March at The Australian Botanic Garden, Sydney. The programme involved 3 days of Keynote speakers, Paper presentations, expert Panels and Rapid fire presentations. Managers from Ballarat and Murray Mallee enjoyed the opportunity to learn, network and meet some of the top researchers and academics involved in Seed Science.
August saw Kristy attend 'Seed Ecology V' held in Brazil by the International Seed Science Society. The conference covered many facets of seed ecology and presented a wide rage of research and findings into seed fitness, development, dispersal, dormancy and germination. The conference consisted of three days of presentations with a mid conference field trip.
The 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2016 was held in Melbourne throughout a week in November as was attended by Dan.'New Approaches to Plant Conservation Challenges in the Modern World', was the heading for the event. Kristy joined Dan on the final day to take part in 'The Australian Native Seed Industry Review - The Purpose, The People, The Practice and The Proposals for Action to address issues relating to the native seed industry'.