Pavlovsk Station, World's First Seed Bank, Faces Destruction

08/09/2010 01:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • John Vidal, Environment Editor The Guardian

Twelve Russian scientists famously chose to starve to death rather than eat the unique collection of seeds and plants they were protecting for humanity during the 900-day siege of Leningrad in the second world war. But the world's first global seed bank now faces destruction once more, to make way for a private housing estate.

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