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Freezing seeds and making futures: Endangerment, hope, security, and time in agrobiodiversity conservation practices

Harrison, R; (2017) Freezing seeds and making futures: Endangerment, hope, security, and time in agrobiodiversity conservation practices. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment , 39 (2) pp. 80-89. 10.1111/cuag.12096. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper considers the temporal practices inherent in the work of global agrobiodiversity conservation, drawing on on-going research with the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It contrasts the distinctive, future-making practices inherent in the work of ex situ cold seed storage, with the normative, entropic view of the relationship of species diversity with time that arises from the field of biodiversity conservation more generally. These differences point to the value of comparative studies of natural and cultural heritage conservation practices that focus on their politics and ontologies to reveal the heterogeneity of approaches across these fields, and the different worlds they each produce in conserving their endangered objects for the future.

Type: Article
Title: Freezing seeds and making futures: Endangerment, hope, security, and time in agrobiodiversity conservation practices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cuag.12096
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/cuag.12096
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Anthropological Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Biobanks, biodiversity conservation, endangerment, futures, hope, time
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1574523
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