Posts Tagged ‘Millennium Seed Bank’

Banking on Life

Monday, April 13th, 2009

To celebrate meeting its target of collecting seed of 10 percent of the world’s plants—about 30,000 species—for storage in the Millennium Seed Bank as insurance against extinction, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is celebrating with the exhibit Banking on Life. The exhibit includes Rob Kesseler’s amazing electron micrographs of seeds and pollen. A slide show of some of these bizarre and beautiful structures is here.

The Millennium Seed Bank is the largest wild plant seed bank, with over a billion seeds collected from around the globe. The second phase of the program will aim to conserve an additional 15 percent of the world’s plant species by 2020. The estimated £100 million needed to accomplish this still need to be raised. Here’s how you can help.

Millennium Seed Bank — Another Bank in Trouble

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is having financial troubles, according to the BBC. The MSB is on track to bank seeds of 10 percent of the world’s wild flowering plants by the end of this decade, but it’s facing a 100 million pound shortfall for its goal of banking 25 percent of the Earth’s plants over the next ten years. It was established in 2000 to collect and bank seeds of all the planet’s plants as an insurance policy — an important effort, given that an estimated 100,000 plant species are in peril.

You can support the MSB with an online donation.