Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2016

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The Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference brings together conservationists, horticulturalists, researchers, and others working with seeds of native Hawaiian plants, in order to share knowledge with each other and receive training from visiting experts. The theme for 2016 is “Seed Dormancy and Germination” and will feature a workshop with Carol and Jerry Baskin of the University of Kentucky, authors of the authoritative 2014 book Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination. The Baskins have been working on Hawaiian seeds since 2001.


The conference will take place from May 17-19, 2016, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Bilger Hall Room 150, and is sponsored by the Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Laboratory. The conference will be followed by a meeting of the Hawai‘i Seed Bank Partnership on May 20. Visit the Registration page to view fees or to register.


The conference will kick off with a morning of Invited Speakers from within Hawai‘i, who will share updates on research, methods, and ongoing efforts with native Hawaiian seeds. This will be followed by two-and-a-half days of the workshop: “Seed dormancy and germination: basic biology and sources of variation” led by the Baskins. Visit the Program page for more details.


For attendees coming from neighbor islands, see the Accommodations page for low-cost options on the UH Mānoa campus.


For questions, contact the Conference Committee Chair:

Marian Chau, Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Laboratory


Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference 2016 Committee members:
Don Drake, UH Mānoa Botany
Amy Hruska, UH Mānoa Botany
Matt Keir, Laukahi Hawai‘i Plant Conservation Network
Tim Kroessig, Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Laboratory
Lauren Weisenberger, O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program
Alvin Yoshinaga, retired from Lyon Arboretum Seed Conservation Laboratory


We envision the Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference continuing into the future, occurring biennially in even-numbered years, each time with a different theme and visiting speaker or workshop leader. In the future, submitted abstracts for presentations could be included. If you have ideas for 2018 or would like to serve on the next committee, let us know!