Establishing a hub for plant conservation in NSW
Dr Offord’s efforts are also largely responsible for the establishment of the Australian PlantBank in 2013, an integrated plant science facility which incorporates the NSW Seedbank, tissue culture and cryo-storage facilities.
“The Australian PlantBank is a hub for plant conservation in NSW and provides an insurance policy against extinction of native plants in the wild,” Dr Offord said.
“I am so proud of establishing this world-class facility with my colleagues and I invite people to take a tour when they next visit the Australian Botanic Garden to see scientists in action,” Dr Offord said.
Dr Offord is also at the helm of one of the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parkland's most crucial plant projects, the Rainforest Seed Conservation Project.
“This project is fundamental in advancing our knowledge and ability in the storage of seeds from around Australia, making it a vital aspect of the overall conservation of our plant and animal life,” Dr Offord said.
“My team and I are focused on developing technology for ex situ seed and tissue banking of rainforest species through cryo-storage, which will enable significant advances in conservation of NSW native flora,” Dr Offord said.