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Svalbard Global Seed Vault to get its first deposit of 2021 

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Resource ID

18742

Access

Open

Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Genetic Resources

Crops

Dryland cereals, Grain legumes

Locations

West and Central Africa, Mali, Gambia

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

17 Feb 21

Title

Svalbard Global Seed Vault to get its first deposit of 2021

Keywords

Svalbard, Global Seed Vault, Genebanks, Africa, South Asia, Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, Norway, Crop Trust, Zambia, Mali

Language

English

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664 kB

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://lifestyle.livemint.com/smart-living/innovation/svalbard-global-seed-vault-to-get-its-first-deposit-of-2021-111613497087955.html

Publishing Location

Global

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

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https://lifestyle.livemint.com/smart-living/innovation/svalbard-global-seed-vault-to-get-its-first-deposit-of-2021-111613497087955.html

Description

The Seed Vault was last opened for a deposit in October 2020. The decision to add watermelon, strawberry and pumpkin seeds also coincides with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has often been dubbed as the “doomsday” vault. It is a secure facility located inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is a geologically stable area where humidity levels are also low. The Seed Vault is located well above sea level and protected from flooding. Apart from artificial cooling systems, the permafrost also offers natural freezing, providing a cost-effective and fail-safe method to conserve seeds.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

17 Feb 21

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