About the Seed Information Database (SID)
The Millennium Seed Bank project aims to collect and conserve seeds from up to 25 thousand species over ten years. In so doing, Kew's Seed Conservation Department (SCD) has a unique opportunity to capture and store large amounts of taxon-based information on a range of seed biological characteristics, both from the collections and published sources.
While the primary intention is to analyse these data for predictive patterns that support seed conservation operations, it is likely that a wide variety of users outside the project will find the data valuable for many purposes.
To aid both in-house analysis and dissemination to outside users, SCD is developing a Seed Information Database (SID) and populating it with data.
SID is one of Kew's strategic databases and now forms part of the institute's electronic Plant Information Centre (ePIC) project, in which species name is a common field linking a number of other taxon databases (e.g. Angiosperm DNA C-Values ). For further information concering ePIC, click here.
Version History: including released dates and record numbers.
|Version||Date Released||Module||Records to date|
|SID 1.0||October 2001||Seed Storage Behaviour||10,647|
|SID 2.0||January 2002||Seed Weights||25,050|
|SID 3.0||July 2002||Seed Dispersal &||4,955|
|SID 4.0||January 2003||Seed Oil Contents||4,526|
|SID 5.0||July 2003||Seed Protein Contents &||3,603|
|SID 6.0||October 2004||Morphology (incl. images) &||353 (1,376)|
|Seed Viability Constants||70|
|SID 7.0||October 2006||Salt Tolerance||
|SID 7.1||May 2008||All modules revised||115,010|
To start using the database now: click here.
Although previous releases of the database are no longer available online, but where an older version of SID needs to be accessed, for example to double-check data prior to citation within a paper, then individual requests can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.