Seeds of Discontent

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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 772-775
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.772

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In recent years, international seed banks have found it increasingly difficult to add to their collections as many nations seek to control access to their genetic resources. Some observers fear that if breeders don't have free access to the planet's genetic diversity, they will be increasingly hampered in their efforts to develop crops that resist disease and pests, or that thrive under shifting climate. To head off that threat, a new international treaty, drafted but not yet signed, attempts to revive international seed exchanges with financial incentives.

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