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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, entrance
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault ( provides a safe backup of seeds on food crops conserved by seedbanks worldwide. This picture is from the day after the opening. Photo by Dag Terje Filip Endresen

Information sharing

This page allows you to do basic searches regarding the material to be stored in the Seed Vault.

Search the Seed Portal by:

This list holds summary metadata on seed samples deposited at the SGSV for each continent. The continent name is derived from the country of collecting or source as reported by the seed depositor.

Search form (sgsv by continent)

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    Total 8 hits or records,  record 1 to 8 displayed    

Continent name Number of accessions Number of seeds Details
Africa   160,183   173,378,374   [Details]
Antarctica   2   400   [Details]
Asia   363,474   247,092,073   [Details]
Europe   145,732   67,539,485   [Details]
North America   229,025   81,966,419   [Details]
Oceania   12,134   5,941,452   [Details]
South America   70,021   30,157,279   [Details]
unknown   76,580   74,956,781   [Details]

Click the column header to sort the list ↓ click same column head again for reverse order ↑

Click the x in the list head to remove the column form the list of search results. Remember that concepts in the search criteria are displayed by default and not removable.