I was happy to learn about the work that Tiziana is doing to help local partners to reintroduce local seeds. I hope to be able to have a conversation with her, amongst other about her work there.
During my stay today I was able to visit the different environments of the Seed Bank. There is a routine to seed keeping that starts with cleaning the seed from detritus. A very important step is drying the seed properly and to do so the seed are kept in a special room at 15ªC and 15 percent humidity for a week.
After that they are store in glass jars (basic jam jars!!) and frozen at -20ªC. for ten years, after which a sample is taken out and germinated.
Here is a link to the Millennium Seed Bank Website