The European Native Seed Conservation Network (ENSCONET) operated from 2005-2009, funded by European Community's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) as an Integrated Activity implemented as a Co-ordination Action. Since 2010 the ENSCONET Consortium, comprising 31 European seed banks, botanical gardens and other institutes involved in plant conservation, has continued the work of ENSCONET.
The aim of the ENSCONET Consortium is to improve the quality, co-ordination and integration of European seed conservation practice, policy and research for native seed-plant species across Europe. The ENSCONET Consortium is a network to exchange information, equipment and staff, share data, and to collaborate at the European level based on mutual trust and understanding. Seed material is duplicated between the partner seed banks, information about seed conservation in Europe is disseminated, and policy makers are informed about seed conservation activities at local, national and international level.
During the summer of 2011, two ENSCONET Consortium joint seed collecting missions took place, one in central Slovakia and the other in northern Spain. During the summer of 2012, one ENSCONET Consortium joint seed collecting mission took place, in Hungary. These trips allowed exchange of experience between the participants as well as collecting considerable numbers of additional seed accessions for long term conservation storage.
RBG Kew was instrumental in the development of the ENSCONET Consortium and provides the Secretariat, which is the main point of contact for enquiries relating to the ENSCONET Consortium and its activities. The current members of the ENSCONET Consortium Supervisory Committee are:
- Elinor Breman, RBG Kew, UK
- Angelino Carta, University of Pisa, Italy
- Michael Kiehn, University of Vienna, Austria
- Mari Miranto, Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS, Finland
Further information about the ENSCONET Consortium, including a list of current members and activities, can be found on our website, and data relating to ENSCONET Consortium seed collections can be found on the ENSCOBase website.
- ENSCONET (2009) ENSCONET curation protocols and recommendations. Ed. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, U.K. & Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain. European Native Seed Conservation Network.
- ENSCONET (2009) ENSCONET seed collecting manual for wild species. Ed. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew U.K. & Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain. European Native Seed Conservation Network.
- ENSCONET Seed Collecting Manual for wild species
- ENSCONET Curation Protocols & Recommendations