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‘Paradise island’ hosts untold botanical treasures

‘Paradise island’ hosts untold botanical treasures

Science
New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island in the world, botanists have discovered.The first full inventory of plants on the world's largest tropical island reveals a treasure trove of flora.More than 13,000 species can be found on New Guinea, ranging from tiny orchids to giant tree ferns, two-thirds of which do not exist elsewhere.The findings, published in Nature, will be used to protect "one of the last unknowns for science". Identifying and naming plants is the first step towards conserving and protecting the plants of New Guinea, said Dr Tim Utteridge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew."If we lose them, there's no way we can restore them from anywhere else, because they're just not found outside the island," he ...
Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Science
More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date.The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.The seeds will be used for food security research at a seed bank in Lebanon, which is recreating collections destroyed in Syria.The Millennium Seed Bank at Kew is the world's largest wild plant seed bank.Seeds from the resilient, wild cousins of modern food crops are being collected and stored in an international effort.The aim is to breed new crop varieties capable of withstanding threats such as climate change, drought, pests and diseases.''The real importance of these crop wild relatives is that in order to survive in the world the...