The MBC Seedbank
Conservation Through Cultivation
been said that "the best way to keep
a plant is to give it away." Widespread
cultivation of imperiled plants helps ensure against their extinction.
Making prized plant species abundantly available in the horticulture
trade directly reduces pressure on the wild populations. This is a
primary reason for MBC's commitment to sharing its living collections.
Seeds produced from MBC living collections are routinely
distributed to botanic gardens, research institutions, universities,
schools, and plant societies worldwide. Pollen collections are also
maintained in cryostorage through the Seedbank, and made available as
Program is supported by
large group of MBC Volunteers. An
on the history of the Program was
published in January 2000.
After conservation, research, and educational distributions
are made, the remaining seeds are
auctioned off in perhaps the first-ever online seed auction, in
partnership with the Miami-Dade Chapter of
Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). Proceeds from this auction support the MBC Seedbank.
For more information about the MBC/FNGLA Seedbank Auction, please contact:
If your institution or society is interested in obtaining seeds from MBC’s Collections, please submit a letter indicating the contact person, name, and address of your institution; a brief purpose statement about your institution or society; and which species you are interested in. In some cases, MBC may require that your institution reimburse MBC for postage on the seeds. Mail your request letter to: