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Seed bank opens its doors to budding scientists

13th March 2013

 

Sixth form students from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar school spend an invaluable day at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst to further their understanding of conservation and biological research techniques.
The students were able to tour the Millennium Seed bank to see how plant seeds from around the world are classified, screened and stored.  The students learned how Kew targets plants and regions most at risk from climate change with the overall aim to secure the safe storage of seeds from 25% of the world’s bankable plants by 2020.
The students were also able to work in the labs to complete DNA profiling of Timber imported from Brazil to check that it came from sustainable forests and complete the latest plant propagation techniques.

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