Category: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Wild strawberries with red berries and green leaves.

Seeds from Strawberries Safeguarded for the Future at Svalbard Global Seed Vault

In the first 2021 opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, NordGen deposited seeds from five different genebanks.

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Green sketch with UNEP:s logo and information about the event which can be read also in the text.

NordGen Participates in UNEP Webinar about Food Security

From the 30th of November to the 2nd of December, NordGen will participate in an online event about agrobiodiversity and food security in times of COVID-19 and climate change. The meeting is open to the public.

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NordGen's Åsmund Asdal putting seed boxes from South Korea in place in the Seed Vault

Seeds from Eight Genebanks Safeguarded in October Deposit to the Seed Vault

Despite the pandemic, NordGen staff still go to Svalbard to safeguard the crop diversity stored in the world's genebanks. This time, almost 15 000 seed samples from three continents were deposited in the Seed Vault.

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Drone shot of a green field with pea regeneration

Almost 3 000 Pea Samples from John Innes Centre Safeguarded in the Seed Vault

Due to the pandemic, several genebanks have been forced to postpone their deposits. But first-time depositor Germplasm Resources Unit at John Innes Centre has now secured their entire pea collection in Svalbard.

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Bild på Svalbard Global Seed Vault omgivet av snö och en ljusblå himmel.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault Commences Seed Experiment That Will Last for 100 years

How long can seeds stay alive? To improve this crucial knowledge, a new seed longevity experiment has started in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It will go on for a hundred years from now.

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Seeds from critically endangered plant stored in the Seed Vault

Smith’s brome is a critically endangered grass. Today, NordGen stored seeds from it and other Nordic plants in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The seed deposit is the largest ever, seen to number of participating depositors. It was attended by...

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Largest seed deposit to date planned in Svalbard next week

This time of year, the first rays of sun are reaching the mountain tops surrounding Longyearbyen, Svalbard. The return of the light coincides with the largest seed deposit ever to Svalbard Global Seed Vault, seen to number of depositors. The...

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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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First seeds from Slovakia deposited in the Svalbard twilight

This time of year, the last rays of sun give Svalbard a magical blue light. And both the Slovakian and Norwegian Ministers of Agriculture could enjoy it as they attended the first ever Slovakian seed deposit. The seeds from the...

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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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