Seed bank a tool to com­bat cli­mate change

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

BI­BLE HILL — There’s no money in a bank on the Dal AC cam­pus, but there is some­thing very valu­able.

The At­lantic Canada Re­gional Seed Bank, the only one of its kind in the coun­try, con­tains seeds that could fight chal­lenges in the fu­ture, and sev­eral peo­ple were re­cently on hand for a tour of the fa­cil­ity. The seed bank is a part­ner­ship be­tween Dal­housie Univer­sity, Seeds of Di­ver­sity Canada, and the At­lantic Canadian Or­ganic Re­gional Net­work and was es­tab­lished in 2014. The part­ners have been work­ing closely with farm­ers to de­velop a col­lec­tion of veg­etable, grain, and herb seeds that are es­pe­cially suit­able for At­lantic Canada. “We have a se­ri­ous prob­lem in mod­ern agricultur­e be­cause cli­mate change chal­lenges on our farms are ac­cel­er­at­ing at a time when we’ve lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of our agri­cul­tural bio­di­ver­sity – 75 per cent glob­ally,” said Stephanie Hughes, one of the seed bank or­ga­niz­ers.

As con­di­tions change, it be­comes harder to pre­dict which va­ri­eties of crops will per­form well. Seeds not of­ten used in the past could hold the key to fu­ture chal­lenges such as pest re­sis­tance, or tol­er­ance to drought, flood or frost.

The seed bank pairs con­ser­va­tion with train­ing pro­grams that sup­port farm­ers’ ef­forts to iden­tify, eval­u­ate, and save seed from promis­ing va­ri­eties.

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