Throughout the fall of 2022, dedicated volunteers have assisted Conservation Scientist, Emily Griffoul, in preparing the seeds collected over the summer for long-term storage at the National Lab for Genetic Resources Preservation. These seeds serve as a valuable source of genetic material in case anything should happen to these species in the wild.
Before they can be seed banked, they need to be cleaned and counted, which is a big job for tiny seeds! These seeds are part of the Gardens’ ex-situ conservation efforts, guided by the Alpine Strategy. Thank you to our wonderful team of seed cleaning volunteers who have already spent more than sixty hours patiently sorting seeds from chaff every Thursday.