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19.02.2016

Creating a bank of seeds from Kimberley plants

Aboriginal rangers are in Fremantle this week to learn about starting a bank of seeds from Kimberley plants.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston, who met the women at the Kings Park botanic gardens, said the project would focus on the collection, storage and propagation of native seeds and then sale to the nursery industry and for revegetation.

The Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Oorany rangers, along with staff from conservation organisation Environs Kimberley, are working on four goals:

  • creating a seed bank for the processing, storage and testing of seed
  • providing training and support for seed collecting and storage activities by rangers and  community groups
  • establishing a group that allows rangers to sell seed and material to major revegetation projects, nurseries and florists
  • providing a better representation of Kimberley rare and threatened flora in national and international botanical gardens and conservation seed banks. 

The training is funded by the Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation and WWF-Australia and is part of the new Kimberley Seedbank Cooperative hosted by Environs Kimberley.

The project is funded by a State Government natural resource management community action grant and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

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