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Seed banks



The seed module, developed collaboratively with the Millennium Seed Bank at RBG Kew, has broad curation and research applications for projects who collect, store, test and distribute seed. Seed accession and test data, related vouchers and images are all integrated and can be published online.

Selected resources:
MSBP Seed Conservation Standards
MSBP Data Warehouse Overview
MSB Data Standards

Key features

  • Seed accession records including all passport and wild origin data can be managed with links to voucher details, project and agreement details, and seed batch data.
  • Data from collection cleaning methodology, cleaning time and results, the precise store bank location as well as any records of collection duplication to other seed banks.
  • Seed counting processes including absolute and/or estimates via seed sample weights, incorporation of x-ray and/or cut-testing analysis to provide adjusted quantities per collection.
  • Germination test design including addition of multiple conditions and treatments.
  • Germination test results provided for both germination and viability percentages, including germination rate.
  • Automated scoring of collections/batches against Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Seed Conservation Standards.
  • PDF files, Excel sheets and other documents can be linked to accession, individual plant, species and other records. Examples are material transfer documents and species level spreadsheets.
  • Images of seed or the plants in their original habitat can be added, together with voucher images as available.
  • Projects can extend the standard BRAHMS seed data file structures by editing BRAHMS extension files which become a part of your database.
  • The Rapid Data Entry (RDE) module is used to capture new seed accessions and test data or to transfer data from other formats such as Excel worksheets.
  • You can design your own website and publish a virtual seedbank garden or online plant catalogue directly from BRAHMS using BRAHMS WebConnect. For example see the RBG Kew MSBP data Warehouse at http://brahmsonline.co.uk/msbp.