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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.
While an international seed bank in a Norwegian island has been gathering news about its agricultural collection, a group of US scientists has just published an article outlining a different kind of seed bank, one that proposes the gathering of wild species â€“â€“ at intervals in the future â€“â€“ effectively capturing evolution in action.
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 collectionsâ€”from Azerbaijan to Nigeriaâ€”for the traits that could arm agriculture against the impact of future changes.
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 opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. It is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of food crop seeds in the world.
If much of civilization is ever wiped out, at least our seeds will survive.
Seeds Contributed by Global Network of Agricultural Research Centers Considered â€œCrown Jewelsâ€ of Crop Diversity
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.
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.