Hello INSR Community,
In Edition #3 - March 2017 
of the e-newsletter:
  • Highlights from the growing resource library on
  • Seed-based restoration from NICHES Land Trust, an INSR Partner
  • Upcoming symposia in Brazil and Kuwait
  • Recap of the National Native Seed Meeting in the US
Native Seed Resource Library
is a collection of links to publications, manuals, protocols, etc. about seed biology and ecology to assist us in more effective restoration. Recent featured publications:

Seed Coating: Science or Marketing Spin?


Seed production areas for the global restoration challenge


Should agro-chemical corporations be involved in ecological restoration? Join the discussion on the INSR forum at

Featured INSR Partner: 

Conferences and symposia

Society for Ecological Restoration SER2017 
Call for Abstracts

April 2, 2017 is the deadline for submitting abstracts for SER2017, August 27-Sept 1 in Iguassu, Brazil. There are three ways to share your work: oral, poster and something new- video presentations. Within the conference, INSR has organized a full day symposium,
"Seed-based Restoration: Innovations, Opportunities and Challenges" with 18 speakers from around the world.

Save the date!

In partnership with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), INSR is organizing a drylands restoration symposium for November 2017. 
Seed Quality of Native Species – seed ecology, production & policy. 25-29 September 2017 Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK. Organized by NASSTEC.
Keynote Speakers:
Dr Ken Thompson (UK)
Prof Kingsley Dixon (Australia)
Prof Kay Havens (USA)
Prof Vigdis Vandvik (Norway)
Dr Andrea Mondoni (Italy)
Prof Peter Poschlod (Germany)
Prof Costas Thanos (Greece)
Donald MacIntyre (UK)
Dr Rob Fiegener (USA)
Dr Ann Kareen Mainz (Germany)

Recap of the National Native Seed Conference

The National Native Seed Conference brought together nearly 350 attendees from 14 countries in Washington, D.C. from February 13-16, 2017. The biennial event connects restoration practitioners, seed producers, researchers, and policy makers with field trips, roundtable discussions, posters, presentations, and evening receptions for sharing and advancing success in using native seeds to restore ecosystems and landscapes. Read a recap and view over 50 presentations from the conference.

Above: Eight speakers shared restoration and native seed work from 5 continents in the session organized by INSR, “Get smart in using native seed”. Photo by B. Walder.

Right: Demonstration of simple seed cleaning techniques on a conference field trip to the National Plant Materials Center in Maryland. 

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