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Lithuania has sent its first shipment of seeds for backup in Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Norweigan ministers participated in the February deposit at Svalbard Global Seed Vault when seed samples from nine genebanks were secured.
50 boxes with 14 011 seed samples were brought into Svalbard Global Seed Vault earlier this week. For the first time, seed samples from Serbia and Latvia is now secured in the Vault.
Genebanks and other crop collection holders in low- and middle-income countries can now apply for grants to regenerate and back-up their crop diversity collections in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
In the first week of June, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened and over 30,000 seed samples were introduced. Seven genebanks from five different continents participated in the deposit, which was the largest since February 2020.
In the first 2021 opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, NordGen deposited seeds from five different genebanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.