Svalbard Seed Vault Accepts 50,000 New Samples, Just In Case Doomsday Arrives

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault Is Determined by a Distant ice-cold island between mainland Norway andthe North Pole. Looking like the lair of a Bond villain, it functions as a safety deposit box for the worlds seeds should something catastrophic happen to planet Earth and its own food supplies.

Well, not to be dramatic, however, the Doomsday Clock has recently crept 30 seconds closer to midnight, as the world copes with behavioral turmoil, economic uncertainty, and potential environmental mayhem.

Fortunately for us, the bank has just accepted almost 50,000 more seeds samples from across the globe.Over another week, the bank will receive numerous varieties ofpotato, sorghum, rice, barley, chickpea, lentil, and wheat seed samples.The samples came from collections in the US, the UK, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Morocco.

These brand new stocks will combine the Svalbard center’s 880,000 other seed samples, which vary from African and Asian food staples like maize, rice, and wheat, to European and South American varieties of vegetables.

The entry to the bank, which burrows 145.9 meters (478.7 feet) to surrounding stone. Crop Trust/Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Todays seed residue at Svalbard encouraged by The Crop Trust demonstrates that despite economic and political differences in other arenas, collective efforts to preserve crop diversity and produce a worldwide food source for tomorrow continue to be strong, Marie Haga, Executive Director of the Crop Trust, said in aannouncement.

This week also spells a victory for the bank. When war struck Aleppo at 2015, the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas in Syria requested seeds from Svalbard so it could continue its breeding applications at a less war-ravaged location. After successful jobs in Morocco and Lebanon, the seeds were returned to Svalbard on Wednesday, February 22.

Built and managed by the Norwegian government but also heavily funded by the Crop Trust, the bank acts as a genetic reserve for many species of seed-bearing plantlife. The selection of location is straightforward. Firstly, its nicely isolated by the perils of human activity whilst staying well connected with study infrastructure. Its cold climate is also excellent for its seeds, which are kept at -18C (-0.4F).

In addition to that, the location looks absolutely unbelievable. Have a peek inside in these pictures here.

All images courtesy of CropTrust/Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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