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Old 01-31-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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It's been called the Noah's Ark for plants and the planet's insurance policy.

Now, after years of planning and construction the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will shortly open its armoured doors on the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.

Housed in a concrete bunker, 100 hundred metres deep inside a mountain, the refrigerated unit will be used as a secure place to store seeds from many of Earth's 3m known plant species.

Noah's Ark for plants to store world's seeds - Telegraph
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I'd feel better if there were more banks. Keeping the world's seed supply in one place is iffy. One per country would be better. And, I'd feel better if Monsanto weren't involved in this. They manage to get control of seeds and food supplies too easily.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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I'd feel better if there were more banks. Keeping the world's seed supply in one place is iffy. One per country would be better. And, I'd feel better if Monsanto weren't involved in this. They manage to get control of seeds and food supplies too easily.
There has been one in the UK for sometime now...

The Millennium Seed Bank Project is the largest ex situ conservation project ever conceived. Its partners will have banked seed from 10% of the world's wild plant species by the end of the decade. These will not be just any plants, but will include the rarest, most threatened and most useful species known to man.

Kew: Millennium Seed Bank Project: Home page

Don't know if there are others around the world but I'm sure they must all work together.....
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thank you! I'd only ever heard of this one seed bank. I've learned something. Now I feel better.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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another one...

Seed Bank - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas is the first non-governmental organization to be invited to participate in the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project, a global plant conservation effort developed by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, United Kingdom.
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