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Saving seeds for plant conservation

Plants: From Roots to Riches

Episode 19: Capsules of Life

Kathy Willis uncovers the role seedbanking plays in conserving worldwide plant diversity.

Between 60,000 and 100,000 species of plant are today faced with the threat of extinction – roughly a quarter of all species.

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst has worked with its partners across the world to successfully save seeds from over 13% of the world's wild plant species.

By 2020, it aims to secure the safe storage of seed from 25% of the world’s bankable plants.

The project targets plants and regions most at risk from climate change and ever-increasing impact of human activities. 

Find out more about the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership




Beyond the Gardens: Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Beyond the Gardens - Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Visit the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst

The Millennium Seed Bank building

Find out about our vital work saving seeds

'Plants: From Roots to Riches' Book

Plants: From Roots to Riches, a landmark Radio 4 series

Based on the Radio 4 series. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry take us from the birth of botany right through to modern day plant science.

Adopt a seed

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.