Solutions: Seed Bank

"To plant 1 trillion trees, we’ll need 2 trillion seeds"

- Jill Wagner, Head of Forestry

Seed Banks: Solving Seed Shortage

Seed shortages pose one of the largest bottlenecks to ecosystem restoration success. Unregulated storage conditions can damage viability in 90% of seeds within one year of collection.

We’ve built a modular, off-grid seed laboratory, designed to meet the needs of small and medium restoration projects. It contains everything restorationists need to dry, process, and store up to 5 million seeds, enough to restore up to 2,000 hectares (5,000 ac) of degraded land every year.

For larger restoration projects, capacity can be increased to store up to 50 million seeds, enough to restore up to 17,000 hectares (42,000 ac) of degraded land every year, all within a single container.

Four trays of bright red seeds lay spread out on a seed drying rack. Each tray is labeled with information about species and collection data.

Example of a Terraformation Seed Bank

A Diagram of a modified shipping container that measures 9 feet 6 inches tall, 40 feet long, and 8 feet wide with refrigerators, drying shelves, and a work station
Capacity
Store up to 5 million seeds with our standard seed bank
Coverage
2,000 hectares (5,000 ac)
Features
  • Complete equipment suite (tested and preassembled) to process and store seeds
  • Three refrigerators and freezers for temperature-controlled storage (or space to provide your own equipment)
  • Off-grid capable with rooftop solar arrays (no power needed)
  • Entire seed bank, solar array, and battery storage fits in a 12 m (40') standard shipping container (actual configuration will vary)

More photos...

Two tall drying racks and two refrigerators stand against the wall of a small seed lab. The racks are filled with mutli-colored seeds.
Refrigerators and drying racks
A woman in a lab coat stands at a counter and sorts through seeds. She's in a smal portable structure with a large bright window with natural light.
Processing station and equipment
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