Syria, where people save ancient seeds

Sep 24, 2015 | written by:

At Venice Biennale this year you can see the artwork by an American Vietnamese artist, Tiffany Chung, who is defining the demographic changes affecting Syria from the beginning of the conflicts until now. Wars change people geography and they also undermin countries ecosystem.

Since 2012, in Syria, scientists from International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) are collecting precious and ancient seeds to save them from conflicts and avoid their definitive disappear.

140.000 seeds packs have been saved and brought outside the Country: 87% of the collection had already been duplicated to prevent loss, 13% of the seeds were unique and were not duplicated to preserve them.

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