A level biologists visit the world’s largest seed conservation project

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On Monday 11th February, our Sixth Form Biology pupils went to Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath. Pupils were given a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, where a huge variety of wild seeds are stored under conditions which maintain their viability for hundreds of years.

Pupils were also able to perform DNA analysis on a variety of wood samples to determine whether they were legally sourced. Having successfully completed the genetic fingerprinting of wood, pupils were tasked with cloning a cauliflower in agar gel.

They took their time to work aseptically, to prevent contamination of their sample and were even able to take their cauliflower home to continue it’s growth at home.