In the olden days dating back only to the last century, seeds were used by goldsmiths to measure a quality of gold. This has been the most fundamental of known system of weights based upon the weight of seeds. In particular, the saga (Adenanthera pavonina) seeds found in tropical Asia were used as a measure for gold, and small units of gold are still referred to as saga. Because of the prestige of the renowned saga seeds for their durability, reliable and stability, our first Made-in-Malaysia car has been given the name Proton saga.
Seeds stored in the germplasm or seed bank as generic resources for the future generation have been described as a treasure far more valuable to mankind than all the hoards of gold, precious stones and other material wealth in the world. This is because agriculturist general and seed technologist in particular believe food (seed) holds the key to a better world and plant breeders are busy developing even more productive seeds to help the meet the challenge of food production for the future. Man’s exploitation of plants in agriculture depends upon seeds. Despite in the modern technology there exist the threat of worldwide poverty and also hunger.