FAQ: Why should or shouldn't I place a small seed sample into a seed bank for long-term storage?

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Submitted by Center for Plan... on Tue, 07/02/2019 - 2:51pm

You should place a small seed sample in storage if you have a plan for collecting more seed from the wild or for regenerating more seeds in the near future. Seed banking may buy time provided the seeds you are attempting to store are tolerant of drying and freezing. Think of a rare plant population that produces a small number of seeds as a cry for help. More conservation actions will be needed to bring back the species from the brink of extinction.

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