Category: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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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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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Gene Bank Closely Linked to the Nordics Deposits in the Seed Vault

Today, NordGen carried seeds into Svalbard Global Seed Vault deposited by the regional gene bank SPGRC in Zambia. The cooperation between the gene bank of Southern Africa and the Nordic countries has been long and fruitful. We are therefore happy...

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COP24: Experts Urge World Leaders to Invest in Gene Banks

Genetic diversity is a prerequisite for food production in climate change. From Katowice and the NordGen side event at COP24, experts urge on world leaders to prioritize the crucial work done by gene banks before it’s too late. Thor Gunnar...

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