'Ark' preserves rare, threatened plants

2017-09-10 22:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Framingham, US - Seeds from hundreds of rare plant species around New England are being collected and frozen inside a "seed ark" for future use and to keep the plants from becoming extinct.

Inside the freezer at a botanical garden near Boston are tightly sealed packages containing an estimated 6 million seeds collected from hundreds of rare and obscure species.

It's a way of preserving the genetic material of plants that could die out because of natural disasters, climate change or even simply being trampled afoot by unsuspecting hikers.

The New England Wild Flower Society is heading the project in Framingham.

A 2015 survey found that more than a fifth of the 3 500 known plant species in the region were considered rare or in decline.

Read more on:    us  |  conservation
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.