Introducing the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation project in the world. Our focus is on global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future. The seeds we save are conserved outside their native habitat.
Working with our network of partners across 80 countries, we have successfully banked over 11% of the world's wild plant species. With your help, we are going to save 25% of those species with bankable seeds by 2020 (nominally 75,000 species). We target plants and regions most at risk from climate change and the ever-increasing impact of human activities.
Latest news and blogs
10 Feb 2014
Elinor Breman, Species Collections Support Officer at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), reports on a training workshop in Vietnam that brought partners from across Asia together to learn about collecting, handling and banking the seeds of their crop wild relatives.
04 Feb 2014
The World’s Most Valuable Bank – What is Nature Worth was a Kew Patrons event that took place in November 2013. The panel discussion focussed on the economic value of our planet’s natural resources, and questioned what price we can put on nature. The talk is now available to download as an MP3.
25 Jan 2013
He may be a Seed Morphologist but Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank discovers there is more to the snake gourd than just some strange fruit and eccentric seeds.
20 Sep 2012
Here comes a slightly different 'Seed of the Month' blog by the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, in which he explains why saving seeds is more than just a good idea!
UK Native Seed Hub
The UK Native Seed Hub aims to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration in the UK, drawing together the unique seed collections, horticultural and scientific expertise of Kew and the MSB.
Our projects and partners
Explore our global map and find out more about the Millennium Seed Bank partnerships around the world.
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