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2010-12-20 07:40:00

One of the many new discoveries from Kew in the International Year of Biodiversity 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. But it's not just about the new "“ in some cases species long thought to be...

2010-02-01 17:48:04

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 results are published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have great significance for conservation ecology and agriculture. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0914197107 By using infrared temperature measurement, seed viability results are achieved in less than two...

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2009-10-15 12:35:00

The Kew's Millennium Seed Bank has successfully collected 10 percent of the world's plants with 1.7 billion seeds being stored to date. The goal was met with the addition of seeds from a wild banana, the plant conservatory's 24,200th wild plant species. The Kew bank is the largest plant conservation project in the world. It is intended to save plants faced with the threat of extinction. The seed collective combines the efforts of more than 120 groups in 54 countries. The 10 percent goal was...

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2009-01-29 15:40:10

The doom of the global financial crisis is now threatening an important seed bank attempting to collect every type of plant in the world, Reuter's reported on Thursday. Director Paul Smith of the Millennium Seed Bank Project said their aim is to archive 300,000 different plant species known to exist in order to ensure future biodiversity and protect a vital source of food and medicines. He said the project is on track to collect 10 percent of the total by 2010, but the financial crisis is...

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2008-12-15 09:20:00

The keeper's of the world's most diverse seed bank are worried that the global financial crisis could cut its government and corporate funding and cause the seed gathering to wither at the end of next year, well short of its goal. Paul Smith, director of the Millennium Seed Bank Project, said the ultramodern facility is currently the world's biodiversity hot spot. "That's important for mankind. But if the funding situation doesn't improve, we'll have to stop collecting," said Smith, standing...

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2008-10-03 15:25:00

The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Sussex said many projects may have to be cut due to a £100m ($1.8m) shortfall. In the year 2000, the seed bank was set up in hopes of collecting and maintaining seeds of every plant on earth. Head of seed conservation department, Dr Paul Smith said that the project pays about £2,000 ($3500) per species, "which is a bargain," he added. Owned and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, it was founded with the intention of...

2006-02-22 05:39:53

By Jeremy Lovell ARDINGLY (Reuters) - Scientists racing to save the world's plants as global warming and human expansion threaten whole species fear a looming cash crunch may derail the ambitious project. Already the Millennium Seed Bank has squirreled away 750 million seeds from 14,000 species of plants and trees, and the botanists are confident they will hit their target of 30,000 species or 10 percent of the world's flora by 2010. But then the money runs out. And for the seed...

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2006-02-22 05:35:00

By Jeremy Lovell ARDINGLY -- Scientists racing to save the world's plants as global warming and human expansion threaten whole species fear a looming cash crunch may derail the ambitious project. Already the Millennium Seed Bank has squirreled away 750 million seeds from 14,000 species of plants and trees, and the botanists are confident they will hit their target of 30,000 species or 10 percent of the world's flora by 2010. But then the money runs out. And for the seed bank's new boss Paul...


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2013-07-31 15:37:35

Seed banks are gene pools of seeds from food crops and other rare species. If seeds from the reserves are destroyed, seeds from seed banks can be used to generate new crops. Seed banks are not open to the public as are seed libraries or seed swaps. Maintaining seeds in a seed bank will preserve the seeds during times of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or even war. SEED DORMANCY Seeds can remain dormant for decades as long as the storage environment remains cool and dry. Seeds that...

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