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Community Seed Bank

Once a supply of local seed was established in the Seed Bank, Livingstone Shire Council gave Rem Veg the use of the Council Nursery at Cordingley Street in Yeppoon, and contributed to the propagation of plants by buying plant pots and potting compost. Rockhampton Regional Council has continued with this support.

For a detailed account of the Community Seed Bank follow the link below;

Community Seed Bank PDF (635 Kbytes)  

A seed bank stores seeds as a source for planting in case seed reserves elsewhere are destroyed. It is a type of gene bank. The seeds stored may be food crops, or those of rare species to protect biodiversity. The reasons for storing seeds may be varied. In the case of food crops, many useful plants that were developed over centuries are now no longer used for commercial agricultural production and are becoming rare. Storing seeds also guards against catastrophic events like natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, or war.
Seeds are dried to a moisture content of less than 5%. The seeds are then stored in freezers at -18°C or below. Because seed (DNA) degrades with time, the seeds need to be periodically replanted and fresh seeds collected for another round of long-term storage.
Seeds may be viable for hundreds and even thousands of years. The oldest carbon-14-dated seed that has grown into a viable plant was a Judean date palm seed about 2,000 years old, recovered from excavations at Herod the Great's palace in Israel.

For details of permits needed to collect native plant materials follow the link below.  
Collection of native seeds and fruits  
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