Date: 10.12.2019 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Global Seed Vault, Plants
Glass ampules containing seeds.

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 was put here for safe storage as a kind of…

Date: 03.12.2019 Author: Merete Madslund Category: Plants

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 containing vegetable seeds that are a part of the Nordic…

Date: 29.11.2019 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Farm Animals
Two brown finncattle cows on a green meadow.

This week, NordGen Farm Animals is arranging a workshop on optimal contribution selection in Oslo. A substantial part of the course covers the software program EVA which can be used to monitor inbreeding and optimize breeding recommendations. EVA is co-developed by NordGen and is free to download and use. Participants…

Date: 14.11.2019 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

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 issue of a new prescription system for those using genetic…

Date: 25.10.2019 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Global Seed Vault

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 Slovakian genebank were in good company as they were carried…

Date: 15.10.2019 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Global Seed Vault
Henryk Bujak, head of IHAR, signed the depositor’s agreement with NordGen director Lise Lykke Steffensen, acting on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry for Agriculture and Food.

The Polish flag next to the Norwegian ans Swedish, 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 77 to join the Svalbard Global Seed Vault depositors’ family. The…