Christian Long

Jonathon Drori: Why We’re Storing Billions of Seeds

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Reflection by SARAH C.

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Jonathon Drori:  Why We’re Storing Billions of Seeds

So why are we storing billions of seeds?

Without plants we wouldn’t be here. All things come back to plants. The main problem is plants are under threat because of the changing climate and because “they are living with people like us”. We are destroying their habitats. This means they have to adapt to their new environment we have created.

It makes sense to help save the plants because all human life depends on them.

This video is about the project to save the plants all over the world. The project Jonathon Drori is working on is storing billions of seeds. They have three billion in the seed bank right now. that is 10% of the worlds population of plants. They are hoping to get the funding to hold 25% of the world’s plants by the year 2020. Once they have the seeds in their building they are dried and stored at very low temperatures. I think it is amazing how seeds can stay alive at such low temperatures.

Every ten years they have to do a germination test on every single plant they have in their seed bank. Germinating the seeds gives information on how to grow that type of plant the best.


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