Critical plant bank in danger

Plant scientists around the world are warning that hundreds of years of accumulated agricultural heritage are in danger of being plowed under after a Russian court ruled today (August 11) that the land occupied by a world-renowned plant bank on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg may be transferred to the linkurl:Russian Housing Development Foundation,;http://www.fondrgs.ru/en/ which plans to build houses on the site. Image: Isue via WikimediaThe fate of the collection at the linkurl:Pavlovsk Exp

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Aug 10, 2010
Plant scientists around the world are warning that hundreds of years of accumulated agricultural heritage are in danger of being plowed under after a Russian court ruled today (August 11) that the land occupied by a world-renowned plant bank on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg may be transferred to the linkurl:Russian Housing Development Foundation,;http://www.fondrgs.ru/en/ which plans to build houses on the site.
Image: Isue via Wikimedia
The fate of the collection at the linkurl:Pavlovsk Experimental Station,;http://www.vir.nw.ru/structure.htm#pavlovsk which includes more than 70 hectares planted with 5,500 different varieties of apples, pears, cherries, and numerous berry species -- most of which occur nowhere else on Earth and were developed over hundreds of years by farmers in northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia -- was decided in Russia's Supreme Arbitration Court at 10:30 AM, Moscow time. "It's a bad day for biodiversity," said linkurl:Cary Fowler,;http://www.croptrust.org/main/staff.php director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which has...



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