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Scientists conserve the seeds of today to propagate the best adapted plants of tomorrow

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 13, 2016
Faced with extensive disturbances and climatological challenges that are rapidly changing ecosystems, scientists and land managers require the seeds of today to provide the plants of tomorrow. Researchers are currently studying more than 50 plant species in order to select best adapted plants to current and future climate conditions.

Genecology and seed zones for Indian ricegrass collected in the Southwest US

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides [Roemer & J.A. Schultes] Barkworth) is a widely distributed, highly desirable native species in desert ecosystems in the western United States. Yet there are no studies linking genetic variation in Indian ricegrass with climate across major areas of its natural distribution.

Gene banks pay big dividends to agriculture, the environment, and human welfare

Publications Posted on: September 25, 2009
Nearly a century after the pioneering American apple tree purveyor Johnny Appleseed traveled from town to town planting nurseries in the Midwestern United States, Frans Nicholas Meijer left his Netherlands home to pursue a similar vocation as an "agricultural explorer" for the US Department of Agriculture.