Category: 2022

Spain and Lithuania depositing seeds for first time

Two genebanks joined the growing number of depositors to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week and varieties of rice bean, lablab and yard-long bean from an Indigenous community were safely backed up for the first time.

Seeds of 150 New Species Safeguarded in the Seed Vault

Around 150 species are deposited for the first time in the Seed Vault. Most of these are deposited by the Australian Pastures Genebank, which sent seeds from about 100 new species of forage crops, and almost 50 new species from the German gene bank, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research .

Nanofilm will safeguard identity of the more than 1 mill seed samples in the Seed Vault

For the first time film strips that hold information on seed identity and other valuable information will be attached to the seed boxes. This will ensure that valuable information is not lost even if data systems with the information are disrupted or destroyed. The first film strips were attached to seed boxes in the Seed Vault by Minister of Agriculture and Food Sandra Borch on her visit to the seed deposits in 14th February 2022.

Dates for Seed Deposits in 2022

The Seed Vault will be opened for seed deposits on the following dates in 2022:
Week 7 (14.-18. February)
Week 23 (6.-10. June)
Week 43 (24.-27. October)