The Millennium Seed Bank - more seed projects
The projects below are related to seed germination and seed banking, and are managed by Millennium Seed Bank staff.
Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change
Adapting agriculture to climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time. There is, quite simply, no more important step we can take to prepare for climate change than to ensure that the crops that feed humanity are adapted.
Community Tree Seeds project
This project is aimed at enhancing the role and capacity of institutes in sub-Saharan Africa to assist with the conservation and sustainable use of native tree seeds of community value.
The aim of this project is to create a network that brings together European scientists with an expertise and / or interest in plant cryopreservation for the development of efficient cryopreservation procedures.
'Difficult' Seeds project
Kew and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) are working with seed banks in Africa to conserve plants used for food and agriculture, but which are difficult to conserve and/or use.
Ensuring the survival of endangered plants in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean Basin is one of the world's most bio-diverse regions with 25,000 different plant species. The region has been classified as one of the world's 25 biodiversity hotspots. It contains almost one in ten of all known flowering plants on Earth, of which over half are found nowhere else in the world.
European Native Seed Conservation Network (ENSCONET)
This project aims to optimise seed conservation practices and avoid the extinction of native species from Europe.The network aims to make best use of time and resources by reducing the duplication of effort.
Extinct Plants project
This project takes seeds from old Herbarium sheets and attempts to resurrect species which are now extinct in the wild
Orchid Seed Stores Network
Orchids are being over-collected and many are threatened with extinction. This project aims to establish orchid seed banking around the globe using conventional seed banking techniques.
Palm Seed Network
A network bringing together scientists from around the world working on palm seed biology research.
UK National Tree Seed Project
Establishing the UK’s national collection of tree seeds for long-term conservation and as a resource for research and conservation.
UK Native Seed Hub
The UK Native Seed Hub aims to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK’s ecological network by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration.
Useful Plants project
This project aims to increase the capacity of local communities to store and propagate plant species that are most useful to their wellbeing.
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