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Dr Paul Smith, British biologist. Dr Smith is Head of Seed Conservation at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK. He is holding the seed from Lodoicea maldivica, which is the largest seed in the world. The Millennium Seed Bank is an international effort aimed at safeguarding seeds from 30,000 species, representing 10 percent of all the flowering plants from around the world. In 2007 the seed bank contained seeds from over 18,000 species spanning 126 countries, making it the largest wild seed collection in the world.
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