Book of life

A UK charity claims to have saved 9,000 plant species from extinction by creating the world's first botanical database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which unites the world's botanic gardens, identified the endangered species during a two-year study, funded through HSBC's $50m Investing in Nature initiative. Peter Wyse Jackson, secretary general of the charity, which has 30 staff in 15 countries, said: "We are working with the botanic garden community to raise awareness about the plants they hold and the importance of these collections - they represent a living gene bank."

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