Fiona McMillan-Webster PhD
THE AGE OF SEEDS
PLANTS EVOLVED SEEDS TO CAST THEIR GENES FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE
When a 2000-year-old extinct date palm seed was discovered, no one expected it to be alive. But it sprouted a healthy young plant. That seeds produced millennia ago could be viable today suggests they are capable of extreme lifespans.
In the face of growing population, a changing climate and declining biodiversity, it has never been more important to understand how best to make seed plants last.
In The Age of Seeds Fiona McMillan-Webster tells the astonishing story of seeds, the crucial role they play in our everyday lives, and what that might mean for our planet.
The Age of Seeds: How Plants Hacked Time and
Why Our Future Depends on It
is published by Thames and Hudson Australia
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“The expansive story of one of nature's great miracles - exploring not just the future of a plant, a species or an ecosystem but of our own ongoing survival"
Author of The Wasp and the Orchid
“The sleeping seed has found a powerful voice in this book, transcending history and geography, in a rip-roaring tale of human endeavour to feed, clothe and cure a human population of nearly 8 billion people."
Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and former Head of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB)