The Seeds Unit of QBG
Collecting and preserving seeds from the plants mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah, whether these plants grow in Qatar or abroad, is one of the main conservation efforts of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden. The Unit also collaborates with Qatari agencies on collecting seeds of endangered plant species, thus contributing to the Garden’s mission of preserving natural resources and Qatari heritage.
Contributions of the QBG Seeds’ Unit
1. Collecting, preserving, and planting seeds from the plant at the Garden whether these plants grow naturally in Qatar or abroad;
2. Collaborating with concerned local agencies on collecting and preserving seeds from endangered plant species in Qatar;
3. Developing and maintaining biometric databases for the plants in the Garden and Qatari flora, including information on the sizes and weights of these seeds;
4. Conducting germination experiments to verify the viability of seeds in the collection;
5. Exchanging seeds and expertise with national and international agencies for research purposes;
6. Collaborating with national agencies, botanic gardens, and specialized international institutes on developing an image archive for seeds;
7. Publishing research papers and booklets;
8. Providing tools and information to facilitate research on seeds by interested scholars and students;
9. Offering educational programs at the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and elsewhere; and
10. Providing seed specimens for display at the Garden’s information center and contributing to the Garden’s educational events and activities.