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Questionnaire: Toward a Seed Bank Network

Philip Seaton is interested in establishing a network of orchid seed banks as a conservation tool. The idea was first broached in 1984 at the 11th World Orchid Conference in Miami, Florida, but he writes that only now are there adequate scientific results to make long-term seed storage a viable proposition. Interested readers are invited to answer this questionnaire and return it to: Philip Seaton, Kidderminster College, Hoo Road, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY10 1LX, UK.

(1) Do you presently store orchid seed?

(2) If not, are you considering storing orchid seed in the future?

If the answer to (1) is yes,

(3) How many species would you like to conserve from your region and/or country or urgently need conservation?

(4) How many different accessions do you now hold?

(5) How long have you been storing orchid seed?

(6) What is the age of your oldest accession?

(7) At what temperature(s) do you maintain your seed collection?

(8) Do you dry the seed before storage?

(9) If you do dry it, by what method?

(10) In what type of containers do you store the seed?

(11) Do you measure percentage germination of seeds a) before storage and b) post-storage?

(12) Do you collaborate with neighbouring countries in this conservation activity?

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Volume 1 of Genera Orchidacearum Published

20 January 2000.
Copyright The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.