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2009-02-15 15:15:00

Push by Global Crop Diversity Trust is rapidly reviving ailing seed samples from 46 countries that could provide genetic traits vital to maintaining global food security Only two years after launching an ambitious effort to save endangered crop species, the Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today it is on track to save from extinction 100,000 different varieties of food crops from 46 countries, making it one of the largest and most successful biological rescue efforts ever undertaken. "We...

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2008-10-16 14:18:05

While an international seed bank in a Norwegian island has been gathering news about its agricultural collection, a group of U.S. scientists has just published an article outlining a different kind of seed bank, one that proposes the gathering of wild species "“"“ at intervals in the future "“"“ effectively capturing evolution in action. In the October issue of Bioscience, Steven J. Franks of Fordham University, Susan J. Mazer of the University of California, Santa...

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2008-09-20 08:05:00

As climate change is credited as one of the main drivers behind soaring food prices, the Global Crop Diversity Trust is undertaking a major effort to search crop collections"”from Azerbaijan to Nigeria"”for the traits that could arm agriculture against the impact of future changes. Traits, such as drought resistance in wheat, or salinity tolerance in potato, will become essential as crops around the world have to adapt to new climate conditions. Climate change is having the most...

2008-02-26 13:10:00

A vault designed to house more than 4 million seed samples from crops around the world drew attention from the global community yesterday.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 12 months with the repercussions of global climate change in mind. It is said to be able to take on any natural or human disaster. About 300 guests were present at the event. Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai were the first to place seeds in the depository during the...

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2008-02-26 08:55:00

Ceremony marking unprecedented effort to protect global agriculture draws world leaders and seeds from over 100 countries The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. With the deposits ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce,...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

If much of civilization is ever wiped out, at least our seeds will survive. The first specimens — 7,000 seeds from 36 African nations — have shipped to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository in the Arctic Circle being built to store a safety copy of vital agricultural information, in case disaster should befall us. The vault is set to open Feb. 26. It is being built by the Norwegian government (Svalbard is part of the Kingdom of Norway), and when it opens its...

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2008-01-23 09:35:00

Seeds Contributed by Global Network of Agricultural Research Centers Considered "Crown Jewels" of Crop Diversity MEXICO CITY -- At the end of January, more than 200,000 crop varieties from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East"”drawn from vast seed collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)"”will be shipped to a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a...

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2007-11-16 18:49:49

OSLO, Norway -- Refrigeration units on Friday begin cooling a new doomsday vault dug into an already frigid Arctic mountainside to protect the world's seeds in case of a global catastrophe. Norway blasted the Svalbard Global Seed Vault deep into the permafrost of a remote Arctic archipelago to protect as many as 4.5 million of the world's agricultural seeds from climate change, plant epidemics, natural disasters or war. It is due to open Feb. 26. The Svalbard Archipelago, 300 miles north of...

2006-06-19 06:00:00

By James Kilner LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The underground vault on a remote island will hold about 1.5 billion seeds and 3 million varieties in a reinforced concrete tunnel drilled 70 meters (230 feet) into a mountain, guarded by two steel doors and controlled remotely from Sweden. "This seed bank is of...


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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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