Plants: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many species of plants the UK has provided for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the last five years the UK has provided the Svalbard Global Seed Vault with seeds from one plant species - Nightshade (from the Solanum genus of flowering plants). Through our Millennium Seed bank at Kew, Defra works closely with the Global Crop Diversity Trust who manage the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

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