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Term Seed bank
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Reservoir of viable non-germinated seeds, which are found naturally in soil and initiate the regeneration of plants in that place. It also refers to a collection maintained ex-situ, especially designed for plant conservation through the preservation and storage of its seeds. Seeds stored ex-situ are used for reforestation and agriculture, and are kept for long periods of time.

The collection of forest tree seeds in the Dominican Republic started shortly before 1970 with the first attempts to reforest. Storage was centralized in the Jarabacoa Forestry School. Processes of selection, collection and storage improved greatly starting in the year 1992 when the Forest Seed Project (PROSEFOR) began. The National Forest Seed Bank was established as a result of this program, under the advisement of the Tropical Agricultural Center for Research and Education (CATIE).

 
 

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