Latest Millennium Seed Bank Project Stories
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.
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 doom of the global financial crisis is now threatening an important seed bank attempting to collect every type of plant in the world, Reuterâ€™s reported on Thursday.
The keeperâ€™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.
The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Sussex said many projects may have to be cut due to a Â£100m ($1.8m) shortfall.
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.
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.
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...
- A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.