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Banking on Biodiversity in Australia’s Capital

This past week I had the privilege of spending five early spring days at the National Seed Bank, based at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. Incidentally (but most appropriately) coinciding with the start of National Biodiversity Month, the … Continue reading

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Seeding and Protection of Natural Plants

During my volunteering experience, I first worked with Greening Australia to help seed local plants, then joined Frends of Mount Majura’s effort to protect the plants from local pests. Seeding the young plant at Greening Australia was interesting yet alarming … Continue reading

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A peek inside Australia’s National Seed Bank

It came a surprise to me that all it took was an email to fling myself into the mysterious world of seed banking, even if just as a volunteer. Tucked away in the National Botanic Gardens, a cluster of modest … Continue reading

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Humming incubators and climate-controlled cool rooms: the other side of conservation

The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. … Continue reading

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