Search is On for European Native Seed Collections
10 July 2007
A plea has gone out for information to all institutes holding conservation collections of European native seeds.
Participants speaking at the Third Annual European Native Seed Conservation Network (ENSCONET) meeting in Warsaw, Poland recently expressed the need to compile a complete inventory of samples conserved in seed banks.
ENSCONET coordinates seed conservation activities of wild plants within Europe.
Their activities will help guide the prioritisation of collecting, and determine the need for future resources to support the collections made.
He urged institutes that maintain seed banks of native European seeds to contact ENSCONET’s co-ordinator, Dr Jonas Müller.
Climate change is likely to increase the number of plants threatened. For many of these species, ex situ conservation using seed banks provides the only realistic hope for their survival until re-introduction or population reinforcement can be carried out, perhaps many years later.
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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.