Working to Protect Plants for Future Generations

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Today we tell about concerns about plant life, including agricultural crops. And we tell about efforts to keep them growing in the years to come.

Agricultural experts say crop diversity is important to feed the increasing population of our planet. They say having a large variety of plants also helps to protect against possible crop diseases and future crises.

Hundreds of thousands of different plants now exist. But many experts say the number has decreased sharply during the past century.

One of the world’s largest seed conservation projects has predicted further losses. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is warning that up to one hundred thousand plant species could permanently disappear. The rich collection of genes that decide their qualities would disappear with them.

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