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Crop Biotech Update

Restoration Seed Banks Proposed

May 6, 2011

A restoration seed bank is needed to manage and achieve global conservation goals. This is a facility that "looks beyond the core skills of collection and storage of germplasm to rigorous science-based restoration-use of germplasm, seed farming, training, and information dissemination." This was forwarded by David Merritt and Kingsley Dixon of the Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and the University of Western Australia, respectively, in their paper Restoration Seed Banks—A Matter of Scale published in the journal Science.

The authors suggest a "shift from being 'stamp-collections' of species to collections that can deliver restoration-ready seeds at the scale of a metric ton and larger." Communities and industry must be linked to carry out these functions.

Check out http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6028/424.summary for more information.