Friday, April 20, 2012

Seed bank project in Sabah's rainforests

Posted by Smookiekins On 4/20/2012 08:34:00 AM

The Malaysian Landscape Association has chosen Sabah’s rainforests as the source for its seed bank project. The association’s corporate communications executive Siti Hafizah Mohd Zahrom said this was in view of the state’s rich biodiversity.

Sabah's Rainforests


She said the association would seek the cooperation of the state government through the state forestry department and Sabah Foundation.

“The project is important for the conservation of the country’s forests and the seeds for research in future,” she said when met during the association’s visit to the forestry department on April 17, 2012.

The association, led by its president Tun Jeanne Abdullah who was accompanied by her husband and former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, also visited the Mangrove Discovery Centre which is being monitored by the Forestry Department at Sepilok Laut near here.

Siti Hafizah said the seed bank project was an idea they adopted from the millennium seed bank project based in Europe. 

Source: Bernama

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6 comments:

  1. Sabah has one of the richest biodiversity in the country, by making Sabah rainforests as the place to collect seeds is most suitable since there are biggest variety of plants there.

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  2. Hopefully this project will go smoothly to ensure that the forest conservation efforts are able to continue in the future. All the best to the Malaysian Landscape Association.

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  3. A seedbank stores seeds as a source for planting in case seed reserves elsewhere are destroyed. It is a type of gene bank. The seeds stored may be food crops, or those of rare species to protect biodiversity.

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  4. Storing seeds also guards against catastrophic events like natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, or war. Unlike seed libraries or seed swaps that encourage frequent reuse and sharing of seeds, seedbanks are not typically open to the public.

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  5. Teruskan usaha yang dapat memberikan kebaikkan kepada Sabah.

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  6. good luck to Malaysian Landscape Association.. Sabah state government always welcomed any association to contribute in conservation of Sabah state forest..

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