Palm Seed Network
Many species of palm (family Arecaceae) are under threat, and ex situ seed conservation is recognised as an integral part of maintaining the biodiversity of this important multi-purpose family of plants.
Germination of Rhopaloblaste augusta seeds
To promote information exchange and collaboration for mutual benefit, a network has been created to bring together scientists from around the world working on palm seed biology research.
The Semina Palmarum project, currently in its fifth year and undertaken by the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has produced a database comprising information on storage behaviour for a number of species. It has also identified constraints upon using conventional seed storage systems for some palm species, and has raised the issue of using alternative methodologies, such as cryo-preservation. By bringing together groups with more diverse research capabilities, resolution of these problems and a better understanding of palm seed biology is envisaged.
It is our intention that the network will extend Kew’s mission to promote global plant conservation and provide closer links with countries directly experiencing loss of biodiversity, as well as with research groups with complimentary skills. The network has been established with colleagues in Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.
Contact: Dr Tim Marks
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