People have transported, cultivated, tended, used, celebrated and worshipped plants for tens of thousands of years. Sometimes our efforts led to a few species doing very well. Most of the time, however, our interactions have caused the diversity of plant life to shrink – through habitat loss and fragmentation, disease, weeds and overgrazing. Now we’ve started moving plants around to safeguard their survival. Indeed, we’ve been doing this for decades but so far we haven’t reviewed what we know about this process. But that’s about to change. Dr Jen Silcock from The University of Queensland provides an overview on the effort to build a new translocation database.