At a time when the world faces increasing pressures from climate change and biodiversity loss, seeds have never been more important. Highly complex, they have evolved in myriad ways to adapt to their environments. In this book we explore how seed-bearing plants evolved, and unravel the science behind the seed. We also show how scientists are working around the world to gather and bank seeds to save rare and valuable varieties from extinction.
Carolyn Fry (Kent, UK), is a writer and journalist specializing in science, conservation and natural history. She has written six books, covering climate change, botanical explorers and plant science. Carolyn has won many awards, including the European Garden Book Prize for Plant Hunters.
For Seeds, Carolyn will work with experts from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and its pioneering Millennium Seedbank Project, which aims to safeguard seeds from 25 percent of the world’s plant species by 2020. The Seedbank works with international partners in 80 countries.