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Garden Seed Bank Adds Large Collection of Teosinte Seed

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Garden Seed Bank Adds Large Collection of Teosinte Seed

A large collection of Teosinte seed was recently transferred from Duke University to the Missouri Botanical Garden Seed Bank. Teosinte is the wild ancestor to modern corn and the preservation of its genetic material is important to corn research and supports the long term conservation of crop wild relatives. The collection includes seven different species in the genus Zea and will be stored in long-term freezer storage where it may remain viable for decades.

We are in the process of accessioning, drying, counting and repackaging the seed for storage in the freezers.

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