Industry News: Conservation

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

The seedling of the mighty oak has had an unusual start in life.

 

Raised using techniques pioneered in fertility labs, it is the product of new efforts to preserve the seeds of wild plants.

The world is losing plants at an unprecedented rate, with about one in five thought to be at risk of extinction.

"It's an insurance policy against extinction in the wild," says Dr John Dickie of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex.

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