Svalbard Global Seed Vault gets more seeds

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank in Svalbard, Norway, recently received over 20,000 new seed samples from countries around the globe. This brings the total count to over 800,000 seed samples stored here. This seed bank, nicknamed as the “Doomsday Vault”, is the one place on our planet with the largest number of different kinds of seeds. A seed bank is a place where seeds of plants grown are kept in case some disease spreads or a disaster happens that wipes out a crop. Svalbard was chosen because it is in the Arctic Circle so the temperature is cold and the soil remains below 0°C throughout the year. If there is a loss of electricity, the seeds will be maintained naturally at a low temperature. Seeds are stored at -18°C (0°F)) temperature in a facility inside a mountain about 130 meters (426 feet) above sea level. That is high enough in case the sea levels rise because of global warming. The vault is large enough to store over two billion seeds. Also, Norway is a politically stable and peaceful country. You can watch a video about the seed vault here.

 

Image Credits: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/ for Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s image
Sources: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/