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Seed Banking for the Future

The Berry Botanic Garden acts as a regional resource within the plant conservation community by maintaining a seed bank for rare and endangered native plants. Banked seeds represent an “insurance policy:” should wild populations be damaged or disap-pear, we hope to be able to provide the genetic material to enhance or re-establish those populations. The process of banking involves seed collection, cleaning, drying, packaging, freezing and documentation. Seeds can be withdrawn from the bank for reintroductions or scientific research. To effectively perform our seed banking, we work in cooperation with many individuals and organizations.

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Author(s): Andrea N. Raven

Publication: Native Plants: Propagating and Planting

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