Kew Views - Why does plant diversity matter?
In the run-up to the International Day of Biological Diversity 2011, people working behind the scenes at Kew reflect upon the importance of plant diversity and how their work is helping to safeguard plants at risk.
20 May 2011
Safeguarding seeds in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.
Meet some of the people working behind the scenes at Kew and find out how we use our scientific knowledge and resources to get to grips with issues at the heart of some of society’s most important problems, specifically those facing plant and fungal life and the environment.
There are hundreds of thousands of different plant species in the world, but sadly we now know that one in five of these is threatened with extinction.
Get involved - Adopt a Seed, Save a Species
We have successfully banked 10% of the world's wild plant species and have set our sights on saving 25% by 2020.
Without plants there could be no life on earth, and yet every day another four plant species face extinction. Too often, when we hear these kind of statistics there is little that we can do as individuals, but thanks to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership and the Adopt a Seed, Save a Species campaign there is something that you can do to ensure the survival of a plant species.
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