Seed Banking Native Missouri Plants for Conservation
 
Seed banking is a valuable conservation tool that enables the long-term storage of genetic diversity of a large number of plant species. It involves collecting, cleaning, drying, recording, and storing seeds at low temperatures for future conservation and restoration uses.

To supplement its on-site plant conservation locally and globally, the Garden in 2013 established a Seed Bank at the Shaw Nature Reserve. As of the end of 2015, the facility contains 600 dormant seed accessions in the seed bank freezer, including 398 taxa. Some of these seeds were collected by Garden horticulturists on visits to Japan, China and the Republic of Georgia. 448 of these collections are Missouri plants, including 283 taxa. There are 2,055 taxa native to Missouri, 14% of which are currently cataloged in our seed bank.
 
Seed Banking: Step by Step