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posted by janrinok on Thursday October 06 2016, @04:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the planting-the-future dept.

A major seed bank in Aleppo, Syria, holds genes that might help researchers breed crops to survive climate change. But the conflict tearing the country apart has rendered the bank largely inaccessible for the past four years. Now an effort to duplicate its seed collection at more-accessible locations is ramping up.

On 29 September, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), which runs the bank in Aleppo, officially launched a sister bank in Terbol, Lebanon, which now hosts 30,000 duplicates. Together with a new bank in Rabat, Morocco, it will make thousands of seeds available to researchers.
Seed banks function as bank accounts for plant genes. Collectors deposit seeds, which can later be 'withdrawn' to replenish crops lost in conflict or disaster, to breed new traits into crops — such as pest or heat resistance — and to research the evolution of plants over the ages.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 07 2016, @12:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 07 2016, @12:42AM (#411275)

    Everything to you is a fucking affront! Because of you and your ilk, we're headed for NTE [].

    You brutalize and torture us, and then expect to be able to rape us whenever you want [],

    Fuck you! In a way, I'll be glad when the end comes []. It will be your fault -- you and all the others like you, with your dicks swinging and your machinery of death. You're going to kill us all, and no amount of stored seeds is going to stop that.

    The only thing that could be done would be to wipe you and your torturing/brutalizing rapist brethren out right away.

    So do us all a favor and kill yourself!

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