Category: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

NordGen receives warm welcome when visiting gene bank in Thailand

Last summer, representatives from two Thai gene banks visited NordGen in Alnarp. Now it’s our turn to visit them. The cooperation between NordGen and Thailand started in 2013. The aim is to, as part of the International cooperation between gene...

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Estonia celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary with first deposit to Svalbard Global Seed Vault

  The Estonian Crop Research Institute became the 76th gene bank institute to deposit seed samples in Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The seeds were brought to Svalbard exactly on the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. – A nice...

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault celebrated by representatives from all around the world

  They came from every corner of the world; Chile, The Philippines, Canada, Kenya, Germany, Colombia, Estonia and India. People of more than thirty different nationalities have devoted their lives to our future food security by working with plant genetic...

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One million seed samples safeguarded as Svalbard Global Seed Vault celebrates 10 years

During these ten first years of operation, NordGen has carried many seed samples from all around the world into safekeeping at Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Monday the 26th of February, 2018, marks the anniversary of the official inauguration in 2008...

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ICARDA seeds in and out on the same day

Ali Shehadeh is Rangeland and Pasture Germplasm Curator at ICARDA in Genetic Resources Section at ICARDA in Terbol, Lebanon, and travelled to Svalbard this week to assist NordGen staff in identifying seed boxes to be brought out of the Seed Vault...

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All seeds are safe

Statement on Water Intrusion at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world’s backup for crop collections. It currently safeguards more than 930,000 different varieties. It has been reported that the Seed Vault has seen...

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New seed deposits from Canada and New Zealand

Ten seed boxes from, Canada and New Zealand respectively, containing 2713 seed samples, were deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the 8th of May. On May 1, 2017, Plant Gene Resources of Canada (PGRC) shipped its fifth seed...

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Seeds from Aleppo back in the Seed Vault

Seed accessions from ICARDA that were taken out in September 2015 are back in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. On February 22nd, new fresh seeds multiplied at ICARDA units in Morocco and Lebanon were re-deposited, as were seeds from nine...

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Seed germination tested after 30 years in permafrost

The so called NordGen 100 year experiment is located in the permafrost in the abandoned Coal Mine #3 outside Longyearbyen. Just recently, 30 years old test seeds of 30 crop species and varieties were taken out of the mine for...

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