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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Tasmania part of international seed bank plan

The Mercury: Tasmania part of international seed bank plan [26aug05]

THE Director of the British Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew seemed like the right man for the job in Hobart's Botanical Gardens yesterday.

Professor Sir Peter Crane was in Hobart to officially open Tasmania's Millennium Seed Bank.

The facility at the gardens is part of the global Millennium Seed Bank network co-ordinated by the UK's prestigious Kew gardens.

Professor Crane said the idea first developed in the 1990s in the UK as one of many millennium projects.

He said there had always been strong links between Kew and other global organisations and it gave him great pleasure to formalise the agreement with Tasmania.

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