A 'Forever' Seed Bank Takes Root in the Arctic

  title={A 'Forever' Seed Bank Takes Root in the Arctic},
  author={D. Charles},
  pages={1730 - 1731}
  • D. Charles
  • Published 2006
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
SPECIES CONSERVATION LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY— The prime ministers of five Nordic countries gathered here on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard last week to mark the beginning of a unique bunker: an underground vault that will hold up to 3 million seeds. Launched with $3 million from Norway, the project seeks to preserve the DNA of agricultural crops—the most complete such collection in the world by far. “It will contribute to ensuring our food security [and] protect our cultural heritage,” says… Expand
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