Millenium Seed Bank Collects its Billionth Seed
|Oxytenanthera abyssinica, billionth seed stored by the Millennium Seed Bank|
The billionth seed is from an African bamboo, collected by the the Institut d’Economie Rurale, a partner institution to the MSBP, based in Mali. This variety of bamboo is used for house building, furniture, basket and wine making and therefore is valuable to local people. This has led to over-harvesting and because the species onlysets seed once every seven years it is becoming endangered in Mali.
Paul Smith, Head of the Millennium Seed Bank, said: ‘’Everyone in the world depends on nature and ecosystem services such as clean air and water to provide the conditions for a decent, healthy and secure life. The need for the kind of insurance policy the Millennium Seed Bank provides has never been greater.”
Despite its achievements and potential for future conservation, the Millennium Seed Bank Project has no funding beyond 2010.