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FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

Plant diversity is essential in so many ways. So it’s good to learn that the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced ‘voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – or genebanks – around the world that store … Continue reading

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Neglected and underutilised species

The New Agriculturalist tells us about neglected and underutilised species. ‘Variety is said to be the spice of life and to make our lives more interesting. And yet, worldwide, a significant proportion of the global treasure chest of plant biodiversity … Continue reading

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The importance of seed diversity

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
Seeds might be small, inconspicuous things but they hold a great deal of power. For some, seeds mean survival, ritual, life. They are the basis of much of the…

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The case for seed saving

Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank writes, in that organisation’s e-newsletter, about the case for seed saving. ‘There are roughly 100,000 global plant varieties endangered in the world. Extreme weather events, over-exploitation of ecosystems, habitat loss, and a lack of public … Continue reading

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Establishing UK tree seed bank ‘crucial’

Here in Britain, we have a wonderful diversity of native and introduced trees. And we have emerging diseases which threaten our trees, including the dreaded ash dieback. So of course, we have a National Tree Seed Bank to conserve tree … Continue reading

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Seed Swap Day

Originally posted on Sciencelens:
Today, the last Saturday of January, is Seed Swap Day. Since the day originated in the US, it makes sense that it takes place this time of year – the ideal time for our Northern Hemisphere…

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