Essays on Science and SocietyGLOBAL VOICES OF SCIENCE

<H4>Also see the archival list of the Essays on Science and Society.</H4> GLOBAL VOICES OF SCIENCE: Protector of the Seeds: Seminal Reflections from Southern Africa

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Science  07 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5706, pp. 47-49
DOI: 10.1126/science.1108429

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Despite their marked geographical and cultural diversity, the peoples of Africa are bound together by concerns about food security and the vagaries of rainfall across the continent's extensive terrain, much of which is arid or semi-arid. This makes the scientific study of seeds and their storage an imperative. So begins a personal essay by Patricia Berjak of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, that details her lifelong goal to develop better methods of cryopreservation for the seeds of Africa's most valuable plants. This essay is the first in a yearlong series that celebrates 125 years of Science by inviting researchers from around the world to provide a regional view of the scientific enterprise.

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