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Monday, April 5, 2010
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is
answer to a call from the international community to provide the best possible
assurance of safety for the world’s crop diversity and the ultimate safety net
for one of the world’s most important natural resources. Norway owns
the Vault, but not the seeds it contains). (Norway
This seed vault holds duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in genebanks worldwide.
The Nordic Gene Bank (NGB) has stored a backup of Nordic plant germplast as frozen seeds in an abandoned coal mine at
1984. Since January 1, 2008 the Nordic Gene Bank is an integrated part of the
newly formed (NordGen). The
seeds are stored at -18°
Celsius (-0.4° Fahrenheit). Locally mined coal provides power generation. Even
if the equipment fails, it will take a long time before the temperature rises
to the −3 °C (27 °F) of the surrounding sandstone bedrock. Nordic Genetic Resource Center
On 10 March 2010 the seed count at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault passed half a million samples. Each sample can contain up to 500 seeds so the total number of seeds presently being stored is approximately 250 million individual seeds. This will become the most diverse collection of food crop seeds anywhere on Earth.