Seed bank

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A seed bank is the total inventory of viable seeds stored in the soil, leaf litter, streambed, or lakebed of an ecosystem. Some of the seeds are old and decay resistant, some are newer and not as long-lasting. The seed bank may contain millions of seeds per acre and include numerous plant species. These numbers accumulate in forest soils and litter as well as in agricultural and suburban soil.