Russian court rules against saving fruit and berry collection

The future of more than 5,000 varieties of rare berries and fruit is hanging in the balance after a court ruled in favour of building over the collection.

Last week, Russia's Supreme Arbitration Court ruled against an appeal to preserve the country's Pavlovsk Experimental Station - a government-run gene bank home to rare varieties of berries and fruit.

The Russian Housing Development Foundation, a government agency, filed a resolution last December to build on the 70ha of land near St Petersburg as part of its review of the usage of government-owned, not-for-profit sites.

The Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in St Petersburg, which is responsible for running the facility, has now been given one month to appeal to the superior High Arbitration Court to overturn the original decision.


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