Falklands™ Rarities to Bloom Through Kew Gardens
An ongoing collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the charity Falklands Conservation has meant that several of the Falklands™ rarest plants have been saved from extinction.
The Millenium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) aims to safeguard as many wild plant species as possible and with 10% of the world™s seed plants already stored, MSBP is aiming for 25% by 2020. The Falklands have approximately 157 native plant species that could be stored by MSBP and over 70% have already been collected by local and international volunteers.
Botanist Richard Lewis has been working with volunteers on his visits to the Islands for the last four to five months and samples from diverse locations such as Weddell Island, Cape Pembroke and Roy Cove have all been sent to Kew. (Penguin News)