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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   148,631   164,995,791   [Details]
Antarctica   2   400   [Details]
Asia   348,111   239,032,136   [Details]
Europe   131,912   60,778,916   [Details]
North America   215,265   77,344,293   [Details]
Oceania   11,334   5,372,817   [Details]
South America   63,947   27,053,026   [Details]
unknown   72,830   72,494,805   [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.