Florabank Guidelines Module 12: Seed Enhancement Technologies

Todd E Erickson, Olga A Kildisheva, Owen W Baughman, Martin F. Breed, Lorena Ruiz-Talonia, Vanessa S Brown, Matthew D Madsen, David J Merritt, Alison L Ritchie

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This guideline offers an introduction to the use of seed enhancement technologies (SETs), a group of seed pre-treatments being increasingly developed for improving the use of native seeds in restoration (Copeland et al. 2021; Madsen et al. 2016a). SETs are a natural extension to the application of treatments to manage seed dormancy, yet aim to further ‘enhance’ the recruitment capacity of seeds beyond what standard dormancy breaking treatments offer. SETs can be specifically designed to target certain barriers that prevent successful plant establishment (e.g. seed coatings that protect native seeds during herbicide spraying). In addition, SETs also offer opportunities to improve the precision of seed delivery for diverse native seeds, at large-scales, as many of the technologies target seed material that has limited flow through traditional agriculture seeding mechanisms. Overall, combined with optimised collection, cleaning, storage, and dormancy management, SETs aim to make every seed count in restoration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFlorabank Guidelines
Subtitle of host publicationbest practice guidelines for native seed collection and use
EditorsLucy E Commander
PublisherFlorabank Consortium
Number of pages27
Edition2nd Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9780975219157, 0975219154
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Seed enhancement technologies (SETs)
  • post-harvest treatments
  • seed pre-treatments
  • use of native seeds in restoration
  • recruitment capacity of seeds
  • dormancy breaking treatments


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