Weird Science

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[Ardingley, England; October 15. Image via Getty]

A laboratory technician at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank places its 24,200th species of seed 'Musa Itinerans' (common name Yunnan Banana, or wild forest Banana) into a cool storage facility in Ardingley, in south-east England, on October 15, 2009. Botanists at Britain's Kew Gardens said Thursday they have collected seeds from 10 percent of the world's wild plants, their first goal in a project to protect all endangered plant species. Seeds from a wild, pink banana are the latest addition to the collection at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, designed to guard against dwindling diversity. The banana from China, musa itinerans, is an important staple for wild elephants and is also useful for breeding new types of the fruit, but is under threat as its jungle habitat is cleared for commercial agriculture. AFP PHOTO/Glyn Kirk (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)


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I have this vision of a wild, pink banana being chased by the Kew Gardens botanists, and spewing its seed when it gets too excited. It is useful for breeding new types of fruits, after all. #kewsmillenniumseedbank