News of the WeekPLANT SCIENCES

Rescue Planned for Seed Banks

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Science  06 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5587, pp. 1625-1626
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5587.1625a

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On 29 August, a new organization called the Global Conservation Trust announced a drive to raise $260 million to rejuvenate a deteriorating global network of plant gene banks. A report shows that shrinking budgets and smaller staffs are hindering repositories' ability to keep seeds available to breeders for improving strains or fighting diseases. But the issue of access to--and payments for--samples stored in gene banks could be a sticking point.