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Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is a key foundational species in an ecosystem that is threatened by invasion of cheatgrass and the subsequent increase in fire frequency.
Third birthday of arctic repository brings surge in seed deposits, but also reminders from Egypt, Australia and Russia of natural and man-made risks to global agriculture.
As the UN's International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet's plant and fungal life by highlighting some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they've made this year from the rainforests of Cameroon to the UK's North Pennines.
As the fate of Europe's largest collection of fruit and berries hangs in the balance of a Russian court decision, the Global Crop Diversity Trust issued an urgent appeal for the Russian government to embrace its heroic tradition as protector of the world's crop diversity and halt the planned destruction of an incredibly valuable crop collection near St. Petersburg.
US seed collection delivers valuable varieties of chili peppers and hundreds of sorghum varieties, an essential 'climate ready' crop.
The foundation that oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault said Thursday that the unique Arctic "doomsday" stockpile of all the world's crop seeds has reached the half-million species mark.
Scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom and the University of Graz, Austria, have developed a rapid, new method to diagnose seed quality non-invasively and in real time.
The Kewâ€™s Millennium Seed Bank has successfully collected 10 percent of the worldâ€™s plants with 1.7 billion seeds being stored to date.
The "doomsday seed vault" in the Arctic Circle is celebrating its first anniversary with the arrival of nearly 90,000 food crop seed samples, BBC News reported.
Many experts say the world is running out of time to develop new seed varieties to confront climate change and head off food shortages that could affect billions of people.
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