From Tel Hadya to the Arctic

March 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shipment no. 5 begins its journey to the Arctic.  The Svalbard  genebank now contains more than 110,000 accessions from ICARDAMore than 8500 seed samples from ICARDA’s genebank have arrived at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a remote island in the Norwegian Arctic. The samples included wild relatives or progenitors, cultivated varieties, improved genetic material and cultivated varieties of a range of crops – wheat, barley, food and pasture legumes and others. This is the fifth shipment from ICARDA, which is now among the world’s biggest contributors to Svalbard, with more than 110,000 accessions sent from ICARDA’s genebank.

The Svalbard vault will hold seed samples in long-term storage, keeping them healthy and viable for centuries. This is part of global efforts to ensure that the world preserves its crop biodiversity, allowing farmers and plant breeders to protect food security for future generations.

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