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How long do seeds live? A 100-year experiment in the Arctic to reveal the secret 

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Resource ID

18555

Access

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Genetic Resources

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Grain legumes, Chickpea, Groundnut, Pigeonpea

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

04/Sep/2020

Title

How long do seeds live? A 100-year experiment in the Arctic to reveal the secret

Keywords

Genebank, 100-year experiment, Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Groundnut, Chickpea, Pearl millet, Pigeonpea, Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, Sweden

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Genetic Gains Program, Genebank

Story Partners

Nordgen

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1870-1, 04 September 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/how-long-do-seeds-live-a-100-year-experiment-in-the-arctic-to-reveal-the-secret/

Description

Genebanks of six global research institutions including ICRISAT have begun a 100-year experiment at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in a quest to know how long seeds live. Data from seeds of 13 crops, four of which will be provided by ICRISAT’s genebank in India, will be collected during the experiment.“ICRISAT will bring seeds of chickpea, groundnut, pearl millet and pigeonpea to the experiment during 2022-23. The seeds will be tested initially before being put in the vault for storage at -18 degree Celsius. They will be taken out for testing once every decade during the course of the next 100 years to determine longevity,”.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

04/Sep/2020

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