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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, s tore, test and distribute seed. Seed accession and test data, related vouchers and images are all integrated and can be published online.

Selected resources:
The Millennium Seed Bank at RBG Kew
MSBP Seed Conservation Standards
MSBP Data Warehouse Overview

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.