Climate change seedbank aims to safeguard food security

• July 29, 2013
Climate change seedbank

Researchers are collecting seeds from around the world to store in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. Creative Commons: 2011

An international operation is underway to help protect crops from the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.

The project aims to collect seeds from 450 target species of wild plants, which scientists believe will be crucial in the protection of key crops.

The seeds are wild ancestors of important crops and it is hoped their DNA can be used by plant breeders to give farmers new, more robust, climate resilient varieties to grow.

They hope this climate change seedbank will help safeguard food supplies long into the future.

The seeds will be collected from around the world and will make their journey back to the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew in the UK.

The BBC’s Jeremy Cooke explains:

The crops that we all reply on these day. Crops that are grown around the world and are so specialised they have been breed so carefully for decades and sometimes for centuries. Scientists are increasingly worried they will become victims of climate change and even the slightest shift in weather patterns could be catastrophic.

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