Tom North ‘Seed Banking and National Parks, an ideal conservation partnership’

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Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
ANBG Team in Kakadu
ANBG Team in Kakadu

National Parks and reserves are the action we have most commonly taken to conserve species and ecosystems. Under new and changing threats these reserves are not as secure as they once were and further actions are required to ensure the long-term conservation of threatened plant species. Seed banks are an important part of a holistic approach to plant conservation. Since 2012 the National Seed Bank has been working with Commonwealth National Parks to collect key and threatened species across their jurisdictions. This is working particularly well in on Christmas Island, Norfolk Island and in Kakadu where our mutual aims of building capacity and meeting conservation targets are providing an example of how this approach can deliver. This talk will cover recent examples of where the National Seed Bank has developed best practice protocols for the conservation of threatened plant species across our Commonwealth National Parks.

Tom North has been Curator at the National Seed Bank for more than 10 years. Prior to this he worked as the Millennium Seed Bank – Australian Coordinator, based at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the Seed Bank Manager for Murray Seed Bank at Deniliquin and Plant Breeder with Yates Vegetable Seeds at Narromine. He studied Horticulture Science at University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury and Plant Taxonomy at University of Edinburgh/RBG Edinburgh.

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