Kew Gardens in race to collect and preserve Madagascar’s seeds

Scientists are racing against time to create a backup of Madagascar’s famously rich and varied flora in a British seed bank before it is lost forever. The Indian ocean country is known as a biodiversity hotspot with 13,000 plant species, 90% of which are unique to the island and found nowhere else on Earth. But while its forests are still yielding species new to science, they are increasingly under pressure from farmers who see the…

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Kew Gardens in race to collect and preserve Madagascar’s seeds

Scientists are racing against time to create a backup of Madagascar’s famously rich and varied flora in a British seed bank before it is lost forever. The Indian ocean country is known as a biodiversity hotspot with 13,000 plant species, 90% of which are unique to the island and found nowhere else on Earth. But while its forests are still yielding species new to science, they are increasingly under pressure from farmers who see the…

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