First African And Arab Gene Bank In Tunisia

I just came across this interesting bit of news about something that took place in Tunisia this past weekend on the National Tree Day…

Tunisia witnessed the creation of the first African as well Arab Gene’s Bank which aims at preserving biological diversity and genetic resources, boosting scientific research as well as promoting national genetic heritage.

The establishment is equipped with refrigerated rooms capable of hosting 200,000 samples of genetic resources, notably seeds, tissues or pollens as well as research laboratories and scientific units specialised in collecting, conditioning, classifying and grafting tissues.

[Source: allAfrica]

Well that’s good news; with all the genetic engineering and chemicals being used in the agricultural world today, with everything looking better but losing its taste and uniqueness, it’s good that we’re thinking of saving some of our pure seeds to conserve them and extend their existence to future generations.

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

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