2 November 2010 | EN
Nepal's new gene bank will preserve its rich biodiversity
[KATHMANDU] Nepal's newly inaugurated gene bank is expected to help conserve the Himalayan country's rich biodiversity and enhance food security.
A 1995 research paper estimated that Nepal has more than 6,500 species of flowering plants (2.33 per cent of the world's total) of which 370 are endemic to this country. The number of edible plant species is approximately 600.
The gene bank is expected to benefit farmers also by helping them use traditional knowledge, skills and resources, said T. B. Nepali, professor of environment sciences at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Chitwan.
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