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Future Seeds – A home for humanity’s most important crops

Based on Colombia’s, Palmira campus, Future Seeds is a global innovation hub for the conservation and use of crop diversity set to become a driving force for innovation in agriculture.
Through genomics, digital phenotyping, and information technologies, with Future Seeds, we are building a ‘knowledge bank’, enabling the data-driven deployment of crop diversity.

This state-of-the-art genebank will serve as a hub to:

  • Conserve and distribute genetic resources of a diverse set of crops efficiently and effectively, following the highest international standards.
  • Innovate to improve conservation methods and discover the hidden value of genetic resources to enable a more targeted use of crop diversity to accelerate genetic gains.
  • Engage the public to raise societal awareness about the vital role of crop diversity and contribute to the policy dialogue about the equitable sharing of benefits of crop diversity.

Future Seeds will not only hold in trust for humanity the largest collections of beans, cassava and tropical forages in the world, with over 67,000 distinct samples, but will also expand its collections to other essential crops and their wild relatives, thus supporting global food and nutrition security.

A global facility for the future

Future Seeds will preserve the Alliance’s growing collections of crops, while distributing samples to farmers and researchers worldwide free of charge. By adding 30% more storage space, Future Seeds will secure more wild varieties and landraces, which may hold the secrets to higher temperatures, drought and floods. A new module, the Data Discovery and Biotechnology Lab, will facilitate discoveries, relying on genomics and big-data technologies, to continue improving crops for higher yields, better nutrition and climate resilience. Scientists around the world will have free and open access to the digital passports for these crops, expediting collaboration and discoveries. Through Future Seeds, the Alliance will also collaborate with partner genebanks around the world on optimizing protocols for cryopreservation and ensuring plant health, and by hosting collections, including safety duplicates, of other key crops. Additionally, a new generation of genetic resource scientists will be trained at Future Seeds.

One-of-a-kind genebank

Future Seeds will be the first ever platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified genebank building in the world. It has an iconic and energy-efficient building design including an external “skin” canopy to repel solar radiation, panels to harness solar energy, thermal control, natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting. The building itself will convey a strong public message about the vital importance of environmental sustainability. An external review of the Alliance’s protocols for managing crop collections found the genebank to be operating at the highest technical and scientific standards relative to other genebanks around the world.


Though the Seeds’ third album, 1967’s Future, was pegged by critics as the band’s attempt to ride the wave of baroque/psychedelic/orchestral magic the Beatles defined with Sgt. Pepper’s, the recording was actually complete before the release of the Beatles’ far more popular breakthrough album, making it impossible for the influence to touch the uncannily similarly minded flower power tones of Future. The Seeds had their own relatively huge smash with the raw high-pressure garage thumper “Pushin’ Too Hard” the year before, and saw nothing wrong with recycling that tune’s melody on more than a few songs on their first two albums. The melody and feel of that track is revisited on Future in the form of “Out of the Question” and the spooky organ of “A Thousand Shadows,” but a deliberate attempt to move away from the band’s by-the-numbers caveman garage rock toward something more experimental, spectral, and musical can be felt all over the rest of the album. While Sgt. Pepper’s set a standard for this type of conceptual, genre-bending rock, other heavyweight contemporaries of the Seeds were already experimenting with injecting their straightforward rock & roll with mind-expanding psychedelia and uncommon orchestration. Love, the Zombies, Blues Magoos, and the Left Banke were all getting into flutes, Mellotrons, and harps by 1967, and the Seeds themselves had hinted at a classical influence with the haunting piano solo of their earlier classic “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine.” Though Future sought to expand on the raw approach of earlier albums with heightened musicality, there’s no real concept to tie the various pieces together. Instead, listeners were treated to a pleasant if confusing mishmash of attempted statements. There are stabs at mind-expanding psychedelic mantras like the spare raga-esque guitars and muddy bongos of “Travel with Your Mind,” indulgent string sections and random-sounding harpsichords on “Painted Doll” and the waltzy, tuba-heavy “Two Fingers Pointing on You,” the aforementioned garage vamps, and all of the above on the obligatory seven-minute album-closing jam “Fallin’.” While it’s clear vocalist Sky Saxon and company were tuned into the electricity and open-mindedness of the burgeoning hippie movement, the various experiments on Future fail to ever congeal. Even in the most orchestrated, quiet, or overwrought moments, the Seeds can’t quite shake their core personalities, sounding less like they’re changing directions and more like they’re donning a new costume with each song, never really settling on one look before just leaving in the clothes they were wearing to begin with. While the sidesteps into Technicolor psychedelia and overly serious orchestration are interesting and sometimes good, nothing has quite the same power as Saxon’s feral howls or the burning fuzz guitar that escapes in the least calculated (and most exciting) moments of Future.

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