Category: Plants

Wooden boxes with dates unscripted standing in a dark container.

Seeds Analyzed after being Stored in Svalbard Mine for 30 Years

Deep inside an abandoned coal mine, in the permafrost of Svalbard, a black steel container safeguards sealed wooden boxes containing seeds. These seeds are part of an experiment dating back to 1986 after a backup of the Nordic seed collection...

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Share a box of biodiversity!

Biological diversity is a prerequisite for life on earth. NordGen’s mission is to conserve this diversity and prevent that genetic diversity important for our food production disappears. Now, you have the opportunity to help us! By buying a gift box...

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New fee system for access to genetic resources discussed at FAO

This week, representatives of NordGen are in Rome to participate in the international cooperation for plant genetic resources. Delegates and observers from 146 countries have traveled to FAO’s headquarter to discuss different matters. Among other things, the agenda included the...

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The crop wild relative rocket with yellow flowers.

Nordic Authorities Need to Take Responsibility for Protecting Crop Wild Relatives for Future Generations

Today, NordGen is publishing the debate article below: About 12 000 years ago, our ancestors settled as resident farmers. As they looked around, they found wild plants with usable qualities, such as grasses with extra-large seeds, and started to cultivate...

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Poland ready to deposit seeds in Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Polish flag next to the Norwegian and Swedish flags, thick agreement papers and a room full of anticipation. As the head of the Polish Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR) recently signed the depositor’s agreement, IHAR became institution number...

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Crop Wild Relatives in Sweden Lack Sufficient Protection

In a time when several international reports have risen concern for the fact that biological diversity is decreasing at unprecedented speed, the Nordic countries need to do much more to protect wild plant species closely related to our cultivated crops....

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Minister’s Visit to NordGen Focused on Seeds for the Future

How hard can it be to use a manual tresher? And what is the connection between NordGen and a well-know juice? Well, the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs knows. Today, she made a quick visit to NordGen and we got...

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Nordic Ministers Focused on Green Transition at Meeting in Iceland

While Scandinavia and Finland could enjoy summer temperatures and a bright sun shining from a blue sky, Iceland invited to a ministers meeting accompanied by rain and a chilly wind. But the agricultural ministers were given a warm welcome to...

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NordGen and The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands join forces

Chilly winds and lots of rain. Green fields, uncountable numbers of sheep and the most wonderful views. The Faroe Islands is an exciting place. The new cooperation project initiated by NordGen and The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands is...

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NordGen signed memorandum of understanding with South Korea

This week, NordGen welcomed guests from Baekdudaegan National Arboretum in South Korea. The purpose of the visit was to initiate a collaboration and exchanging contacts with the institution which works with conserving diversity among wild plants. A rhododendron garden, swamp...

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