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Letting our seed potential slip away

October 27th, 2015

Episode 826 of 1853 episodes

This is a story of a renowned plant academic who recently flew from London to Perth, hired a 4WD , and went native seed collecting, taking thousands of a particular genus back to England to store and catalogue - all perfectly legal, and above board, but the plant itself and the history of global seed taking raises alarm bells that all of us should heed. Are we giving away the potential of these seeds by letting other nations use them carte blanche?

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