Ascension : Conservation Weekly
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 07.06.2012 (Article Archived on 09.08.2012)
I went over to the UK with members of the Conservation Team, Jolene Sim, Liza White and Catherine Supple for training at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Millennium Seed Bank
Contributed by Dane Wade
Dane putting seeds into agar at the Millennium Seed Bank
I went over to the UK with members of the Conservation Team, Jolene Sim, Liza White and Catherine Supple for training at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. We covered areas on propagating, micro-propagation, seed collecting and pest and diseases.
The Millennium Seed Bank has over 24,000 plants species from around the world that are against extinction. The millennium seed bank works under cold, dry conditions of a seed bank. Seeds can survive for hundreds, possible thousands of years depending on the species. Each batch of seeds that arrive is carefully dried and cleaned before going into storage at -20°C. After banking, the viability of seed collections is monitored periodically by germination tests. Germination testing is carried out in an agar solution.
There are 60,000 seeds stored from all over the world in the Millennium Seed Bank.
I would like to thank OTEP for funding this training opportunity for us. AIG for allowing me to go and a big Thank you to the people at the Millennium Seed Bank and at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for training the conservation team.
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