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How to set up a community seed bank (Liveseed Practice abstract)

{Tool} How to set up a community seed bank (Liveseed Practice abstract). Creator(s): Petitti, Matteo and Bocci, Riccardo. Issuing Organisation(s): Rete Semi Rurali. Liveseed Practice abstract, no. 51. (2020)

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Location: A Community Seed Bank (CSB) should have separate rooms for acquiring seed checking, cleaning and seed storage. Clear entry and exit routes need to be established. Good hygiene and regular surface cleaning with alcohol are important to avoid contamination. Avoid wood or porous material surfaces. For storage ideally temperature should be <15°C and relative humidity <40%. Seed loosing germinability quickly should be stored <4°C.
Equipment: A CSB can operate with very basic equipment. The minimum are sieves with mesh appropriate to the seed being handled, plastic buckets and containers, vacuum packing machine and weighing scale. For prestorage temperature treatments, a deep freezer (-20°C) and an air dryer (e.g. food dryer) are essential.
Data management: All seeds entering and leaving the CSB should be recorded. It’s important to record the origin of the seed, local name, who grew it, harvest year. Data can be recorded on paper or digitally, ideally both. For seed distributed outside the CSB it’s advisable to use the Standard Material Transfer Agreement.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Managing seed diversity
What problem does the tool address?:• Continuous loss of agricultural biodiversity / genetic erosion
• Difficulty to access seed adapted to local and organic conditions through the market
What solution does the tool offer?:Community Seed Banks are a powerful tool for farmers and gardeners to cooperate in the management of seed diversity. Seed selection, production and management by farmers could be a collective action, in which shared actions allow to face technical problems and to find new solutions. Community Seed Banks could provide organic varieties and heterogeneous material to farmers seeking cultivars adapted to local conditions.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:seed certification
Agrovoc keywords:
seed certification
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed > Liveseed tools
Italy > Other organizations Italy
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39963, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/266716825240959, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1399676996620259331
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Ortolani, Dr. Livia
ID Code:39963
Deposited On:25 May 2021 13:04
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:32
Document Language:English

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