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General Resources

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 and provide detailed information for anyone wishing to know more.

  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)
  12. Seed bank design - cold rooms for seed storage (pdf)
  13. a. Germination testing: procedures and evaluation (pdf)
    b. Germination testing: environmental factors and dormancy-breaking treatments (pdf)
  14. Cleaning seed collections for long-term conservation (pdf)
  15. Making herbarium specimens (pdf)
  16. Sending seed collections to the MSB (pdf)

Silica gel drying of seed material - drum dryers (pdf)

Technical videos

How to clean a seed collection (link to Vimeo)
Making a herbarium specimen (link to Vimeo)
Measuring Seed Moisture with a Hygrometer (link to Vimeo)
Using herbarium collections to produce seed collecting guides (link to Youtube)

MSBP Seed Conservation Standards

MSBP Seed Conservation Standards (pdf)

Kew Science Collections Strategy 2018 - 2028

Collections Strategy 2018 - 2028 (pdf)

Manuals for Seed Collectors

Field Manual for Seed Collectors - English edition (pdf)
Field Manual for Seed Collectors - Russian edition (pdf)
Manual for collection, processing and conservation of seed - Spanish edition (pdf)
ENSCONET Collecting Manual (pdf)
ENSCONET Curation Manual (pdf)
ENSCONET Guides available in other languages (external link - ENSCONET)

UK National Tree Seed Project resources

UKNTSP Seed Collecting Manual (pdf)
Field data sheet (pdf)
UKNTSP Landowner consent form (pdf)

UK Native Seed Hub Project resources

Propagation Protocols for 10 Threatened Cornfield Annuals - Report for Colour in the Margins (pdf)

UK Threatened Flora Project resources

UK Flora seed collection protocol (pdf)
UK Flora Data sheet (doc)
UK Flora Landowner consent form (pdf)

Seed Information Database

Go to the Seed Information Database (link)

Seed Lists

Go to the Seed List (link)
Material available through the ITPGRFA (link)

Seed Data resources

MSBP Seed Data USA study (pdf)
Data Provider Agreement (pdf)
Registration instructions (pdf)
MSBP Seed Data overview (pdf)