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 2017 the facility contains 3,863 dormant seed accessions which include 761 different taxa. Some of these seeds were collected by Garden horticulturists and researchers on visits to Japan, China, and the Republic of Georgia. Additionally, we have collections from over 25% of Missouri’s 2,000+ native plants stored in the Seed Bank, including 64 Species of Conservation Concern.

Seed Banking: Step by Step