Harvest Public Media
7:42 am
Fri August 2, 2013

How Secure Is The Fort Knox Of Seeds?

Seeds are kept in special aluminum-lined pouches, designed to keep out humid air, which can degrade the seeds.
Credit Grace Hood / KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

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Central Standard
4:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Science Of The Seed: A Joint Broadcast With IPR

Corn plants grow in a roof-top greenhouse at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Facility
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

People have been cross-breeding plants for thousands of years, manipulating traits in agricultural crops from generation to generation. When scientists discovered that they could actually modify the genes of these plants in a laboratory, the landscape of agriculture changed dramatically -- and fast.

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