The MSB Data Warehouse: An online portal for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Use this site to search all collections made under the MSBP.

Click on the images in this carousel to explore the individual country programmes. Or visit the MSBP Partner Pages to find out more.

  • The Australian Seed Bank Partnership safeguards Australia's plant populations and communities against extinction, ensuring that the continent's plants are kept safe for future generations.

  • The Germplasm Bank of Wild Species is managed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences with the aim of conserving China's biodiversity and plant resources for sustainable use.

  • The Seeds for Life Project has brought together 5 biodiversity institutes in Kenya with common purpose to collect, store and utilise seed from Kenya's native plant species.

  • Chile's ex-situ programme is saving seeds from 20% of the endemic plant species and 60% of threatened plant species found in the desert and Mediterranean areas of Chile.

  • Vital work is being carried out by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership to halt the loss of plant diversity in some of the most precious drylands of Mexico.

  • The Tbilisi Botanic Garden have made seed collections and herbarium specimens from over 600 species, many of them threatened and/or endemic.

  • RBG Together, Kew's MSB and the the Centre National de Semences Forestieres (CNSF) in Burkina Faso, ex situ conservation capacity through research, training, networking and facilities now exist in the country.

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership represents the almost largest and most ambitious ex situ plant conservation initiative in the world. Today, 60,000 to 100,000 species of plant are faced with the threat of extinction. The MSBP is a worldwide partnership aiming to save plants most at risk and most useful for the future. The network of partners now spans 50 countries with some 120 actively participating institutions. Together we have already secured more than 10% of the world's wild plant species in seed banks across the network. Our shared global vision now sets that target at 25% by the end of the year 2020.
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A new online data portal

This Data Warehouse provides a tool for actively participating members of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. It aims to further support the planning of seed colletion programmes and offers data to assist in undertaking effective seed germination testing. Download the User Guide on the Resources page or visit the growing number of short 5-minute video tutorials (see links below) to get started.

Users of are able to search and map collections of species made by Partners across the MSBP, analyse germination test data from many partners, compare quality measures between duplicates such as seed counts and name verifications, view and download x-ray images from MSB duplicates.

Partners wishing to contribute to this database can do so remotely using the BRAHMS WebConnect service. A data schema is available to guide transfer of accession and test data from institutional databases to BRAHMS.

Origin of the data

The Data Warehouse includes seed accession and test data from material conserved across the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership that satisfy a number of criteria:

    1.   Has already been duplicated at the Millennium Seed Bank;
    2.   Has previously been collected with MSBP support but is not yet duplicated at the Millennium Seed Bank; or
    3.   Has otherwise been collected and is effectively conserved in-country but is available to support the 25% collection target.

RBG Kew will be using the statistics generated by the database to report against the MSBP headline collection targets. The database will eventually include selected data from every seed accession held by contributing partners. This will include every accession currently held by the Millennium Seed Bank itself.

Which data are available?

The data offered through the Data Warehouse depends entirely on the policies of each participating MSB partner. Data will fall into three categories:

Seed accession data: Default data includes Donor seed bank accession numbers; Locality and collector; Sampling methodology; Verified identification; and Estimate of seed quantities.
Germination test data: Any associated germination test data of the above accessions can be offered through the Data Warehouse. This includes information on all germination tests carried out on material thus far duplicated to the Millennium Seed Bank. Users can consult individual test conditions and results; and analyse germination test results across taxonomic groups.
Images: Increasingly, images are used to supplement data recorded during the collection, processing and testing of seed accessions. Any images associated with seed accessions can be submitted and add value to presented data. Images are available from habitat and collection localities; living plants; herbarium vouchers; whole seeds; x-ray tests; and straightforward cut tests and tetrazolium staining procedures.