The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

To be recognised as a global resource and satisfy the needs of anticipated users of collections and associated data, MSB Partnership seed collections must be of high quality. The proposed standards provide a framework to recognise Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Collections (‘MSB Partnership Collections’), including material not duplicated at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. The standards assure users of the utility of the collections and also provide a basis for technology transfer amongst partners and capacity development within the MSBP network as a whole.

The proposed standards represent current best practice for long-term conservation of orthodox seeds. They draw on and reference various existing protocols and guidelines (see Annex). Such protocols may have been developed for a particular activity (e.g. seed testing), a particular set of species (e.g. sampling guidelines for rare and endangered plants), or to meet the needs of regional networks.

The Standards are attributed to the following categories:

  1. Collecting
  2. Processing
  3. Storage and duplication
  4. Viability and monitoring
  5. Data management
  6. Distribution
  7. Seedbank management

The full Standards list and further details can be downloaded from our resources page. The standards cover all stages of the ex-situ conservation process and indicators are proposed for each with exception of those marked*.

Partners meeting the MSBP Seed Conservation Standards may share accession data via the MSBP Data Warehouse following the Instructions to Data Providers.