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Millennium Seed Bank resources

The Millennium Seed Bank has published a number of resources, including Technical Information Sheets and Field Manuals for Seed Collectors.

Technical Information Sheets

A collection of technical information sheets produced by Millennium Seed Bank staff, covering various aspects of seed conservation practices and facilities. These are aimed at practitioners already working in seed conservation, although they are also used as resource materials in our training courses with university groups and to provide detailed information to visitors of the seed bank.

1. Protocol for comparative seed longevity testing (pdf)

2. Assessing a population for seed collection (pdf)

3. Seed collecting techniques (pdf)

4. Post-harvest handling of seed collections (pdf)

5. Measuring seed moisture status using a hygrometer (pdf)

6. Selecting containers for long-term seed storage (pdf)

7. Low cost monitors of seed moisture status (pdf)

8. Small-scale seed drying methods (pdf)

9. Equilibrating seeds to specific moisture levels (pdf)

10. Identifying desiccation-sensitive seeds (pdf)

11. Seed bank design - seed drying rooms (pdf)

MSBP Seed Conservation Standards

MSBP Seed Conservation Standards (pdf)

Field Manual for Seed Collectors

Seed collecting for the Millennium Seed Bank

English edition (pdf)

Russian edition (pdf)

See ENSCONET guides available in other languages

Seed Bank Data Exchange

MSBP Seed Bank Data Exchange Schema

UK National Tree Seed Project resources

Seed Collecting Manual for the UK National Tree Seed project (pdf)

UK National Tree Seed Project landowner consent form (pdf)

Field Data form for the UK National Tree Seed project (pdf)

Millennium Seed Bank

Millennium Seed Bank Library

Material on seeds, plant physiology, seed storage and seed germination is held in the Millennium Seed Bank Library at Wakehurst.