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About

The biodiverSEEDy project aims to:

a) Better understand biocultural challenges facing crop biodiversity conservation

b) Articulate and apply strategies to address these challenges using transdisciplinary research

c) Explore the nature and relation of in situ and ex situ approaches

d) Experiment with the space between art and science

About biodiverSEEDy

Sowing Science & Art for the Conservation of Crop Biodiversity

The conservation of crop biodiversity is essential for food security and the resilience of agricultural systems in the face of change (e.g. climate change and new pests and diseases). It is, however, also a complex socio-ecological challenge that requires interdisciplinary research and the development of transdisciplinary solutions. 

There are currently two general models for the conservation of crop biodiversity: 

In situ (on site) approaches that seek to conserve and generate biodiversity through the ongoing cultivation, selection and saving of seeds from different varieties on farms in their ecological context.

 
 

Ex situ (off site) approaches in which seeds, genes or DNA from different varieties is catalogued and frozen in controlled contexts for potential future use and development by researchers and plant breeders.

 
 

The biodiverSEEDy project is interested in both of these models for crop biodiversity conservation and seeks to:

 

a) Better understand bio-cultural challenges facing crop biodiversity conservation

b) Articulate and apply strategies to address these challenges using transdisciplinary research

c) Explore the nature and relation of in situ and ex situ approaches

d) Experiment with the space between art and science

Our projects:

Photos for this site were taken by Fern Wickson, Sarah Agapito, Flor Rivera,  Artemio Pérez and volunteers of the project. If you are interested in sharing these photos please contact the project at biodiverseedy@gmail.com.