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Egyptian gene bank looting — collateral damage or “counter-insurgency”?

From Matt Styslinger, at the Energy Bulletin news site:

Egyptian deserts gene bank. Photo via Agricultural diversity weblog

The effort to maintain the world’s biodiversity has taken another hit. In the chaos surrounding the political unrest and public uprising in Egypt, looters have badly damaged the country’s Desert Research Center in El Sheikh Zowaid in North Sinai. The center houses the Egyptian Deserts Gene Bank (EDGB), and—according to the Global Crop Diversity Trust—equipment has been stolen and the cooling system has been damaged. Continue reading


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