'Test tube trees': An insurance policy against extinction?

In paper published today in Nature Plants, researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the scale of threatened species that are unable to be conserved in seed banks. The paper reveals that when looking at threatened species, 36 per cent of 'critically endangered' species produce recalcitrant seeds . This means they can't tolerate the drying process and therefore cannot be frozen, the key process they need to go through to be safely 'banked'.

'Test tube trees': An insurance policy against extinction?

Why trees grown in test tubes could be the answer to preserving the world's forests for the future.

Sat 3 Nov 18 from BBC News

Seed banking not an option for over a third of threatened species

In paper published today in Nature Plants, researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the scale of threatened species that are unable to be conserved in seed banks. ...

Fri 2 Nov 18 from Phys.org

Seed banking not an option for over a third of threatened species, Sat 3 Nov 18 from ScienceDaily

One-third of threatened plant species unfit for seed bank

At least 36 percent of endangered plant species cannot be conserved in seed banks because the seeds can't be frozen, according to a new report.

Mon 5 Nov 18 from UPI

World's rarest plants, vital crops can't be banked: study

About 36% of "critically endangered" plants and trees aren't bankable under the current method because their seeds die when dried

Mon 5 Nov 18 from The Hindu

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