When was the first seed bank started?



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    The first seed bank in the US was started in 1983. It is called the Berry Botanic Garden Seed Bank for Rare and Endangered Plants of the Pacific Northwest. 

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    The first seed bank in the world was Pavlovsk Experimental Station, located near St. Petersburg. It was started in 1926 by an agricultural scientist, Nikolai Vavilov, and contains more than 320,000 seed samples of over 5,000 different kinds of fruits and berries, including more than 1,000 different varieties of strawberries. The Pavlovsk station was captured by German troops during the Seige of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during WWII, but many of the specimens stored there were saved from destruction by a dozen dedicated scientists who eventually starved to death rather than consume the specimens stored there (these events were fictionalized in Elise Blackwell’s novel, Hunger). In August 2010, the Station became embroiled in a real estate legal battle with a housing developer; it appears that the station may be destroyed in favor of the development.


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