22,000 new samples to be added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard seed vaultPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

On Monday, 22,000 new seed samples from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe will be added to the seed vault on Svalbard.

With the new seeds, the seed collection on Svalbard will be expanded with 150 new species. 

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds more than 1.1 million seed samples from around 6,000 plant species and is the world’s largest seed collection. The goal of the vault is to safeguard global food security.

Both Minister of Agriculture and Food Sandra Borch (SP) and Minister of Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim (SP) will be present when the seeds are transported into the vault on Monday.

They will carry in seeds that originate from Nordic countries.

“At a time when at least 811 million people do not know if they will get the food they need every day, the importance of seed banks can not be underestimated. Every time we send new seeds to the seed vault on Svalbard, global food security in the future increases,” Tvinnereim noted in a press release.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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