Technology transfer and capacity building are central elements of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP). Through engaging with partners in capacity building this ensures that seeds are collected and banked to the highest quality.
Capacity building, the transferring of knowledge and skills, is approached through various means:
Training in seed conservation
Hosting of placement students and visiting researchers
Encouraging partners to share expertise amongst themselves via establishing platforms for them to do so, and forming local networks
Technical support for development of seed conservation facilities, provided to collaborators and partners. This includes building new seed banks or developing current facilities, for example by designing and building new dry rooms
Offering equipment from smaller items such as collecting bags and hygrometers to larger items such as drying units and providing instructions to create low cost and low tech seed banking solutions like our blue drum dryers.