Seed Bank to Save Threatened Plants
23 November 2006A new seed bank for New Zealand native plants will focus on saving plants most threatened with extinction.
New Zealand already has a seed bank for commercially important agricultural crops, namely AgResearch's Margot Forde Germplasm Centre in Palmerston North. The new indigenous seed bank will also be housed there.
John Sawyer of the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network says members of the network will collect seeds for specialist storage in refrigerated conditions and the priority will be more than 200 threatened native plant species.
He says the native seed bank will form part of a global network set up to help protect the world's flora against the effects of climate change and other environmental threats.
Funding support will come from the consultancy firm, MWH New Zealand.
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Seeds - Time Capsules of Life
Rob Kessler, artist, and Wolfgang Stuppy seed morphologist at the Millennium Seed Bank, have produced a lavishly illustrated natural history of seeds, their evolution, and dispersal. Enhanced electron microscope images give breathtaking detail, making this a great gift for the botanist in your life.