Most native plants used for ecosystem conservation and restoration are propagated exclusively from seeds. Sufficient quantities of seeds are needed to restore and sustain native plant communities that are increasingly affected by invasive species, pest infestations, wildfire, and climate change. The National Seed Laboratory (NSL) is currently addressing these complex challenges and is serving as the primary national strategic resource for forest ecosystem seed science and technology.
Native Plant Protocol Development - Protocol development for seed handling, germination and storage of a wide range of native plant seeds. more plant protocol development
Training and Technology Transfer - Provides training materials, workshops, and customized individual training programs and collaborates with research and production facilities nationwide.more training technology transfer
Genetic Conservation - Some native plant species are at risk due to insects, disease, invasive weeds, overuse by humans, and/or inherent biology. Seeds, from these species, can be conserved for decades. Samples are provided for domestic and international research and sample data is maintained in an internet accessible data base.more genetic conservation
International Work -Certification of seed quality and genetic identity is needed for seeds traded between countries. NSL represents the US government at the Forest Reproductive Materials Scheme of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. more international work
Seed Testing Services - Seed tests results are used in forest and conservation nurseries to make efficient use of seeds, to evaluate seed quality in processing plants and as the basis for seed price determination.more seed testing services