Today: Visit to Millennium Seed Bank

Pond at Millennium Seed BankToday I went to visit Wolfgang Stuppy at the Millennium Seed Bank. It was a very interesting visit where we discussed the potential for my Seed to Seed project and how the MSB could help.

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

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/save-seed-prosper/millennium-seed-bank/index.htm

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