Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Oldest Repositories

… were for seeds. An interesting article from the New Yorker: “Sowing for Apocalypse,” on seed banks from 6750 BCE to the Doomsday vault being built today.

“Almost all the plants we use in agriculture today were domesticated before historical times.” Seed deposits contain “a record of more than ten thousand years of human experience with crops.”

Abstract available from: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/08/27/070827fa_fact_seabrook.

Image available from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6335899.stm.