Seeds: safeguarding our future

Seeds: safeguarding our future

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Seeds: safeguarding our future

Seeds is a celebration of these vital but unassuming packages of life, illustrating how much the human race owes to them.


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From the magnificence of a towering redwood to the simple elegance of a tiny dandelion, seed-bearing plants abound on planet Earth. The sheer diversity of plants thriving today is largely thanks to the evolution of the seed, as this made plants resilient to environmental changes by enabling them to await optimum conditions for growth before springing to life. In a time of declining biodiversity, studying seeds is now helping scientists preserve this plant diversity for future generations. 


Seeds offers a celebration of these vital but unassuming packages of life. Author Carolyn Fry begins with a sweeping tour through human history, designed to help us understand why we should appreciate and respect these floral parcels. Wheat, corn, and rice, she reminds us, supply the foundations of meals eaten by people around the world. Countless medicines, oils, clothing materials, and building supplies are available only because of the versatility and variety of seed-bearing plants. Fry then provides a comprehensive history of the evolution of seeds, explaining the myriad ways that they have adapted, survived, and thrived across the globe. Delving deeper into the science of seeds, she reveals the fascinating processes of dormancy, reproduction, germination, and dispersal, and showcases the estimable work conservationists, such as the work done at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, are doing today to gather and bank seeds in order to save species from extinction. 


'...splendidly illustrated kaleidoscope of the science and history of the seeds that sustain us is a manual for the new era...'. New Scientist

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Author: Carolyn Fry
  2. 192pp. 230x172mm. Over 300 colour photographs. Hardback
  3. ISBN 9780226224350
  4. Ivy Press in association with RBG Kew, 2016

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