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2009-02-25 17:50:00

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.According to a Reuters report, people in Africa and Asia are most at risk from a lack of climate-proof crops. Scientists in various environmental fields of study will celebrate the first anniversary on Thursday of the opening of a "doomsday" seed vault on the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic.Governments need to...

2009-02-18 12:11:05

Italy's Global Crop Diversity Trust says it has collected about 53,000 seed samples of the 100,000 varieties of food crops it wants to save from extinction. The biological rescue effort is designed to preserve the availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. It involves food crops from 46 nations and is one of the largest such programs ever undertaken. We are moving quickly to regenerate and preserve seed samples representing thousands of distinct varieties of critical food...

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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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2008-10-16 14:18:05

While an international seed bank in a Norwegian island has been gathering news about its agricultural collection, a group of U.S. scientists has just published an article outlining a different kind of seed bank, one that proposes the gathering of wild species "“"“ at intervals in the future "“"“ effectively capturing evolution in action. In the October issue of Bioscience, Steven J. Franks of Fordham University, Susan J. Mazer of the University of California, Santa...

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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...

2008-02-26 13:10:00

A vault designed to house more than 4 million seed samples from crops around the world drew attention from the global community yesterday.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 12 months with the repercussions of global climate change in mind. It is said to be able to take on any natural or human disaster. About 300 guests were present at the event. Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai were the first to place seeds in the depository during the...

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2008-02-26 08:55:00

Ceremony marking unprecedented effort to protect global agriculture draws world leaders and seeds from over 100 countries The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. With the deposits ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce,...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

If much of civilization is ever wiped out, at least our seeds will survive. The first specimens — 7,000 seeds from 36 African nations — have shipped to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository in the Arctic Circle being built to store a safety copy of vital agricultural information, in case disaster should befall us. The vault is set to open Feb. 26. It is being built by the Norwegian government (Svalbard is part of the Kingdom of Norway), and when it opens its...

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2008-01-23 09:35:00

Seeds Contributed by Global Network of Agricultural Research Centers Considered "Crown Jewels" of Crop Diversity MEXICO CITY -- At the end of January, more than 200,000 crop varieties from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East"”drawn from vast seed collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)"”will be shipped to a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a...


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Vistive Gold
2013-10-02 12:54:36

Vistive Gold, MON 87705, is a genetically engineered variety of glyphosate-resistant low-linolenic, high-oleic soybeans created by Monsanto. Vistive Gold was designed to be a replacement for hydrogenated oils and fats, which are high in trans-fatty acids. The decreased linolenic content enables Vistive Gold to have favorable traits for deep frying and increasing the shelf life of foods. The Federal Register declared on June 28, 2011 that Monsanto was petitioning the Animal and Plant...

Recalcitrant seeds
2013-08-21 08:52:36

Recalcitrant seeds are seeds that have to be protected from certain elements, such as drying and freezing, to remain viable. Seeds must be maintained at temperatures no less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and does not have long shelf lives. Damage to the seeds results when they are allowed to dry out excessively, damaging the intracellular structures of the seeds, along with the forming of toxic chemicals within the seed. Recalcitrant seeds can be found in avocado, mango, cocoa and the...

Seed bank
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...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first recorded patent of a sowing machine was in 1566 by the Venetian Senate, attributing Camillo Torello. In the...

Seed Saving
2013-05-18 07:22:11

Seed saving is the preserving of seeds from mature vegetables, herbs, and flowers used in subsequent years along with bulbs and tubers. Home gardeners have saved seeds for generations and the practice is now becoming common with organic farmers as well as permaculturists. Growers will clone plants so as not to produce seeds keeping the plant “true to type” to the parent plant. True to type refers to the characteristics of the parent plant such as large fruit/blooms. Plants...

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