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Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
Let's collect stories about seeds, which are becoming more prominent with the rise of interest in heritage varieties.
Indigenous groups are becoming reunited with traditional and sometimes ancient forms of seeds, through their own work and the work of others.
Seeds are being saved in vaults. They need to be planted and grown and their seeds saved, every now and then.
Seeds vary from a tiny speck of pepper seed, to a floating coconut. Some are toxic and some edible.

message 3: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
A small kids' book on mystery seeds.
Flowers for Grandmother
Flowers for Grandmother by Kendahl Brooke Youngs

message 4: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
Indigenous tribes were driven from their lands or prevented from cropping their own food.
Now people are connecting the traditional seeds with the tribes again. They are calling this 'rematriation'.
Here is an excellent article on the topic.

"In the late 1970s, alongside the Civil Rights movement, Indigenous communities across the country started organizing to address their land rights and other cultural and social issues. This eventually gave birth to an incipient Indigenous food movement, says Clayton Brascoupé, who in 1992 founded the Traditional Native American Farmers Association. In those early days, says Brascoupé, many Native farmers didn’t know where or how to find their traditional seeds. Farmers would first try to find the missing varieties in their local communities. They’d write letters to nearby farmers, Native and non-Native, who gave them leads to people even further away. “And it was just this natural progression, you keep looking, and looking, and looking,” the Mohawk-Anishinaabeg farmer says.

By the late 2000s, Native farmers had cast their investigative nets so wide that they were all talking to each other, exchanging seeds, and planning food summits. The Indigenous Seed Keepers Network formalized those relationships, says its director, Rowen White. Two years later, the network was celebrating the rematriation of the Native Taos Pueblo squash that is now growing and producing offspring in several farms of the community."

message 5: by Clare (last edited Sep 19, 2020 03:20AM) (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
From 2017- the seed vault at Svalbard.

Permafrost is melting faster than imaginable and rain fell instead of expected snow.

message 6: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
From 2020 - seed vault at Svalbard.

From The Guardian:

"The Cherokee seeds will be only the second deposit from an indigenous community to be stored in the Svalbard vault, following the deposit of 750 South American Andean potato seeds in 2015.

“The Cherokee nation is the only place on the planet where all these crops are grown, and these days tough weather patterns make the situation precarious,” Pat Gwin, the tribe’s senior director of environmental resources, told the Guardian from Oklahoma."

A slightly different version in EcoWatch.

message 7: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6272 comments Mod
"The most common anthocyanin is cyanidin-3-O-glucoside (Cy3G). Scientists already know quite a lot about how it is made in plants. However, recent research has cast doubt on part of its biosynthetic pathway. Yoshida and her team investigate how plants synthesize pigments, and set out to clarify how Cy3G is made in black soybeans. Normally, the immature seed is green in its pod. Over the course of two months, it turns black due to the accumulation of Cy3G. Exposing the immature green seed to light and air accelerates this process, causing it to turn black within a day. "
More information: Kumi Yoshida et al. 5,7,3ʹ,4ʹ-Tetrahydroxyflav-2-en-3-ol 3-O-glucoside, a new biosynthetic precursor of cyanidin 3-O-glucoside in the seed coat of black soybean, Glycine max, Scientific Reports (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-74098-6
Journal information: Scientific Reports
Provided by Nagoya University

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