Seed Hunter

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Nature Documentary hosted by Tara Moike and published by National Geographic in 2008 - English narration

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Seed Hunter Solutions to this crisis lie within Mother Nature herself in the form of diverse genes found in the wild ancestors of our staple foods - and the man to hunt them down is Dr Ken Street, the Indiana Jones of agriculture. Ken and his team will travel to the land where agriculture began nearly 10,000 years ago. In the remotest parts of the Middle East and Central Asia, the genetic origins of our daily bread and other food still survive. The crops growing here have taken centuries to develop robust genetic traits that allow them to thrive in the harshest of climates. Scientists around the world want access to these genes so they may be integrated into food crops compromised by global warming.

Dr Ken Street Ken Street is a 44-year-old Australian scientist, based in Syria for the past 10 years. Ken works at the International Centre For Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). Fearless and charismatic he devotes his time to scouring ancient villages and valleys in Central Asia and the Caucasus looking for rare and wild crop seeds. He is accompanied on the journey to Tajikistan by a team of gene hunters from Australia, USA, Armenia and Russia. Ken’s work is largely funded by ACIAR and GRDC.

Climate Change and Food Climate Change and Future Food Security Arguably, the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced is upon us now. As climate change marches ahead at a seemingly unstoppable pace, the implications for the world’s food supply are enormous and enormously frightening. With their commitment to finding the ancient seeds that will assure future food security, Dr Ken and others like him are on the front lines of this battle; a battle humanity simply cannot afford to lose.

Biodiversity and Future Proofing Food Sources Often used as a measure of a biological system’s well being, it is universally agreed that biodiversity is the key to future proofing the planet’s food sources against climate change and other environmental occurrences. Dr Ken and his team of ‘gene detectives’ play a vital role in this process.

Genetically Modified Crops Despite their much-maligned status, genetically modified crops may yet play an important role in the future of the global food supply. Will the imminent food crisis change the way people view this controversial area of agriculture?

Gene Banks What are gene banks? Why is it important to store and protect the supply of the ancient crop seeds and wild relatives of our food for future generations? Where do these gene banks exist? The recent opening of the Svalbard Seed vault in the Arctic attracted unprecedented attention as media crews from all over the world swarmed to witness its construction.

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