Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wild Seed bank

Scientists have announced a plan to collect and store the wild plant relatives of essential food crops, including wheat, rice, and potatoes.

The project, co-ordinated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, will collect and catalogue seeds from across the globe.

The aim is to safeguard valuable genetic traits that the wild plants contain, which could be bred into crops to make them more hardy and versatile.

This could help secure food supplies in the face of a changing climate

By Victoria Gill
Science and nature reporter, BBC News

1 comment:

  1. Great whilst they are stored.. not so great when they start meddling with them. I suspect that our own meddling, pesticides, modification will wipe out far more life than the changes in environment ever will :)