Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

20,000 new seed samples deposited in Svalbard

Logo Svalbard Globale Seed Vault


A new shipment of seeds from food plants has been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, that was transported to the seed vault in Longyearbyen this week, contains 20,000 seed samples from Japan, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA.

A new shipment of seeds from food plants being deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage.
A new shipment of seeds from food plants being deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage (Photo: Simon Jeppson)

For the first time, Okayama University in Japan has deposited a collection of 575 barley variants in the seed vault. Brazil has deposited 514 variants of beans, and Peru has contributed 191 variants of wild potatoes and 65 variants of wild sweet potato. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center has deposited 1,946 variants of maize and 5,964 variants of wheat. The Seed Savers Exchange i USA has deposited a collection of red okra seeds that have been passed down through several generations.

Safety net for the world's food plants
Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the ultimate safety net for the diversity of the world's food plants.. The population of earth is estimated to increase by 50 per cent in the next 40 years, and with climate change affecting the ability of plants to thrive and survive, plant diversity is decisive for agriculture to adapt to the oncoming changes. The seed vault offers storage, free of charge, of safety duplicates from the seed collections being held in seed banks around the world. The seeds arrive in Svalbard on so-called “black box” terms, which means that the seeds may only be withdrawn from the vault by the institutions that deposited them.

Underground vault in the permafrost
Svalbard Global Seed Vault is about 1 km as the crow flies from Longyearbyen airport and consists of an underground cavern blasted out of the permafrost (minus 3 to 4 degrees Celsius). The vault is designed for a practically endless lifetime.

The seed vault consists of three separate underground chambers, each of which has a storage capacity of 1.5 million seed samples. With the aid of its own cooling facility running on electricity from the local power plant, the vault is designed to maintain a constant inside temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius. The vault contains storage shelves on which the prepacked examples of food plant seeds from the depositors (the donor countries) are placed.

 

Related news

Latest news

BP Awards Schlumberger Contract for Mad Dog 2 Project

Export Conference 2017: A changing world

Register for this year’s most important conference for Norwegian exporters. We can promise you an interesting and inspirational day!

Meet Elkem Silicon Materials at the Ceramics Expo 2017

Elkem Silicon Metrials invites to meet their team at the Ceramics Expo 2017. This is North America’s largest, free-to-attend exhibition for Ceramic manufacturing and applications.

Event - TechnipFMC at Gastech April 4

Most ship owners are now looking very closely at the benefits that digitalization can bring in operational gains.

Deepocean Awarded Surf Contract from BP for the Foinaven Field

DeepOcean today announced that it had received a call-off under its new Master Service Agreement (MSA) with BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd.

Parquet Floor - a Furniture in itself

Read how a Nordic style, maintenance free new floor is a furniture all in itself. 

Haavik in as Sales Director

Tor Henrik Haavik enters the role as Sales Director in Steinsvik AS. Haavik has an engineering education from Høgskolen i Haugesund and has been employed in Steinsvik since 2002. Haavik comes from the position of Sales Man...

Powder Characterization Experts Offer Solutions to Optimize Process Performance

Freeman Technology, the powder characterization specialists, will be exhibiting at the Ceramics Expo for the first time (25 – 27 April, Cleveland, OH, USA). The company offers material characterization solutions aimed at o...