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Seed Information Database

    About SID

    The Seed Information Database (SID) is now hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBGK). SID is a compilation of seed biological trait data, with records derived from measurements and observations on seed collections held in Royal Botanic Garden Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and from other unpublished and published sources, through donation or abstraction.

    Since 2003 Kew has placed the data accumulated in the public domain via its website, for the benefit of the wider scientific conservation and restoration community. It provided user-friendly access to information on seed weight, storage behaviour, germination requirements, and other traits for more than 50.000 plant taxa.

    This wealth of information has supported everyday operations in scientific research, seed use in ecological restoration, seed collection and propagation, and teaching. The Society for Ecological Restoration, through its thematic section, the International Network for Seed-based Restoration (INSR) is delighted to have reached an agreement with RBGK to host the database and allow for seed trait information to be readily and easily accessible to all.

    The refreshed interface was developed by Chid Gilovitz, Fiona Hay, and Simone Pedrini with the assistance of Robert Turner and Eduardo Toledo from RBGK.

    Support for the database transfer and interface development was provided by the Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) at Curtin University, Western Australia and is now managed by INSR. All data contained in SID are publicly available under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.


    Currently, the database hosts records from taxa.

    How to cite

    Please cite this database as: SER, INSR, RBGK, Seed Information Database (SID), 2023

    Please include this database within your Acknowledgements, Bibliography or References as: Society for Ecological Restoration, International Network for Seed Based Restoration and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. (2023) Seed Information Database (SID). Available from: (February 2023)

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