A 2,450m2 seed bank and herbarium facility opened today in the emirate of Sharjah, UAE.
Located in Al Dhaid, at the Sharjah Research Academy, the Sharjah Seed Bank and Herbarium was inaugurated by HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
The project, which was developed by the Sharjah Public Works Department, comprises 20 rooms, four meeting rooms, two waiting rooms, a library, a 150m2 service area, two security rooms, and 125 parking places, including four parking spaces for people with disabilities.
It also features nine laboratories – three environmental, three microscopic, and three analysis – in addition to rooms for preserving and drying seeds, and refrigerators for seed preservation.
The seed bank and herbarium represents a significant addition to the emirate’s efforts to preserve plants and biodiversity, and protect endangered plants, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.