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February 2024: Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food welcomes the largest number of new gene banks depositing seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault since its opening in 2008

Geir Pollestad, Minister of Agriculture and Food welcomed the seeds from the eight gene banks that deposited seeds for the first time and the 13 recurrent gene banks, together with representatives from the partners: Jaspreet Stamm, Director of External Affairs, CropTrust and Lise Lykke Steffensen, CEO, NordGen. Representatives from the Kazach gene bank, one of…

Welcome to the new

The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food proudly presents the new, a dynamic online platform with an emphasis on videos dedicated to educate and enlighten our global audience about food security and environmental sustainability. Inspired by the crucial role of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in preserving global crop diversity, this website offers a…

Securing the foundation of our food supply at -18° Celsius

2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the Vault and with the new deposits from 9 institutions, including international, regional and national genebanks, as well as smaller collection holders, we see the collection surpass 1.25 million seed samples. The Institute of Biosciences and BioResources from Italy is depositing seeds for the first time and is the…

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.

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