The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) offers various resources for use by our partners and other parties.

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)
    1. Germination testing: procedures and evaluation (pdf)
    2. Germination testing: environmental factors and dormancy-breaking treatments (pdf)
  13. Cleaning seed collections for long-term conservation (pdf)
  14. Making herbarium specimens (pdf)

Technical videos

Seed Information Resources

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) Seed Conservation Standards

Seed Data Resources

Kew Science Strategies

Manuals for Seed Collectors

UK Native Seed Hub Project resources

UK Threatened Flora Project resources

UKTFP propagation protocols

UK Tree Seed Collecting project resources

Seed Lists