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Collecting data throughout the banking process

Our scientists collect data at every stage of the seed conservation process, adding value to the collection and aiding its use.

We collect data about the seeds we safeguard throughout the conservation process

The processing stages that yield key processing data are as follows:

At each of these stages, data is recorded on the seed bank database.

In addition, the confirmation of identification of the species is recorded, as are the results of moisture content and tetrazolium tests (if carried out). There are also fields for noting the location and details of herbarium specimens and the purpose and outcomes of sending seeds to be grown into plants (usually for the production of a voucher or for regeneration.) See also the UK Native Seed Hub.

Processing data can be used to assess the status of a collection or batch of collections through the various stages and the results employed to evaluate the quality of collections received from different partners or donors. The processing data field categories are:

X-ray analysis data Conditions used and number of seeds full / empty / infested.
Seed weight  Number of seeds per sample weight and standard error.
Seed quantity Original quantity (usually derived from seed weight data) and current quantity.
Germination test data  Date tested, conditions used and result.
Moisture content test data  Date tested, conditions used and result.
Tetrazolium test data  Date tested, conditions used and result.
Duplicate locations  Location (where collection split).
Banking data  Date banked, container type and number and location in the bank.
Voucher data  Wild or cultivated pressed specimen, herbarium notes and location of specimen(s).
Glasshouse data How the plants performed when grown out.