World’s Biggest Seed Vault Gets Fresh Seed Deposits This Year

Updated Feb 23, 2021
The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has recognized the year 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. This was also mentioned at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The first seed deposits of this year have been done. They are seeds of strawberry, watermelon, and pumpkin. The February seed deposit features seeds of other crops too. These are from gene banks of South Asia, Europe, and Africa. In total, around 6,500 seed samples were deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault from 5 gene banks. These banks are: Seed bank at ICRISAT (International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in India SADC Plant Genetic Resources Center in Zambia AfricaRice in Cote d’Ivoire JKI (Julius Kuhn Institute) in Germany National Genebank in Mali For the last 13 years, the Seed Vault has been safeguarding 1 million+ seed samples deposited by about 90 gene banks. The National Genebank of Mali deposited total 3446 seed samples, which primarily featured seeds of sorghum ...
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