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The Seed Vault Summit calls for action to save crop diversity

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault Summit organized at the 10 year anniversary concluded with recommendations to governments to tackle three urgent tasks; to facilitate improvement of community seed banks, to address the need to protect and safeguard the...

Forgotten stories of frozen seeds

Over the last four years, the biodiverSEEDy project has been researching and working to advance the conservation of agricultural biodiversity. This has included work with indigenous farmers and research on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Last week, the...

Frozen Songs – from Svalbard to Belgrade and Paris

A well filled up audience at Svalbard Culture house, with locals and Seed Vault anniversary visitors, attended the dance and music performance Frozen Songs at the Seed Vault 10 year celebration. The show contributes also to awareness about the Seed Vault and its...

One million seed samples deposited

Significant numbers of seed samples were deposited during the 10 year Seed Vault anniversary. The last updates of the Seed Portal database show that 968,557 samples are currently conserved in the Seed Vault, while the total number of deposited samples has passed one...

Important crops and seeds highlighted

New seeds were added to the “Seed Vault Foundation Stone” during the 10 year anniversary in Longyearbyen by the end of February. The monument was established in 2006, when the decision for building the Seed Vault was announced. As a part of the 10 year celebration,...

Seed Vault Summit

Seed Vault Summit Policymakers, scientists, seed bank experts and other guests have been invited to Svalbard for the 10 year anniversary, to participate in a Seed Vault Summit. With the theme "Towards rational conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic...

Svalbard Seed Vault 2008–2018 Anniversary

In February 2008, the eyes of the world focused on a frozen mountainside on an archipelago in northern Norway – the site of the Government of Norway’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Vault was built to provide a backup system for storing and safeguarding samples of...

Towards a watertight access tunnel

Due to incidents of water intrusion in periods of heavy rainfall in Svalbard, the Norwegian government is now in the process of preparing for construction improvements of the technical facility. The  current access tunnel will be replaced by a powerful and water...

ICARDA seeds safe back in Lebanon and Morocco

Due to the conflict in Syria, ICARDA in 2015 became the first gene bank to withdraw seeds from their deposit in Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The second portion comprising 54854 seed samples in 161 boxes to be multiplied at ICARDA units in Terbol, Lebanon and Rabat,...

The International Advisory Panel meets in February

The management of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is overseen by an International Advisory Panel. The Panel consists of representatives from depositing gene banks and other stakeholders. Six members have just accepted the appointment and confirmed that they will go to...

New seeds from three gene banks in October

At this years' last Seed Vault opening now in October, seed deposits were made by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT in Colombia, by the International Potato Center, CIP in Peru and by the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, NordGen. Altogether these...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault – a new video

Way up north, in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, is the world's largest secure seed storage. A new video produced by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food tells the story about the Vault. Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened by the...