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  World Tissue Culture Bank
From: Jill Bell godjillab at home.com> on 2001.07.28 at 13:52:01(7181)
I know that this idea has probably been thought of, and it is naive on my
part to think such a thing might work, but is there a way to store the type
of cells of a plant that are needed to make tissue cultures? Perhaps there
would be a way to have a world-owned (in the United States of course, just
kidding) bank for these things so that there could be a proverbial Noah's
Ark for botanical culture.
What do you all think?
Jill Bell
From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2001.07.28 at 17:22:55(7183)
Jill, while it isn't quite what you are suggesting, you might be encouraged
by the Millennium Seed Bank that Kew organised. Go to
http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/conservation/seedcon.html to read about it (but be
patient, the RBG Kew sites are sometimes VERY slow to load). Perhaps it
could expand into your sort of genome bank eveentually . . . Derek
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