Kew Gardens is launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help to protect and restore disappearing wildflower meadows in the UK.
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Millennium Seed Bank
Wellcome Trust Millennium Building, housing the Millennium Seed Bank
The Millennium Seed Bank is based at England’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is the largest seed bank in the world.
The Millennium Seed Bank has the capacity to store seed from the world’s rare, threatened and useful plant species. It supports plant conservation and use in areas such as food security, water scarcity, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, energy, health and adaptation to climate change.
Kew’s Seed Bank forms the hub of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a consortium of more than 120 plant research institutes in 54 countries around the world. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has recently secured seed from 10 per cent of the world’s plant species for the use of current and future generations.
Over the next 10 years, the Partnership will:
- collect and bank seeds from one-quarter of the world’s plant species
- enable the use of a wide range of plant species in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, habitat restoration and biodiversity conservation.