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Norway’s 'Doomsday' vault spices up its contents. America’s dearest chili pepper seeds have safely arrived at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in the Norwegian archipelago. The pepper seeds collection, including Wenk’s Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallo, San Juan “Tsile,” along with peanuts, beans, sesame and even melon seeds were among the varieties the US deposited with last Sunday’s shipment. A US Senate delegation, led by Senator Benjamin Cardin, handed the country’s seeds pack to Executive Director Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, an institution that oversees and manages the vault.

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Norway’s 'Doomsday' vault spices up its contents

Published on Wednesday, 14th July, 2010 at 15:42 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 14th July 2010 at 16:08.

America’s dearest chili pepper seeds have safely arrived at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in the Norwegian archipelago.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault Main Entrance
Svalbard Global Seed Vault Main Entrance
Photo: Svalbard Global Seed Vault/Mari Tefre/WC


The pepper seeds collection, including Wenk’s Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallo, San Juan “Tsile,” along with peanuts, beans, sesame and even melon seeds were among the varieties the US deposited with last Sunday’s shipment.

A US Senate delegation, led by Senator Benjamin Cardin, handed the country’s seeds pack to Executive Director Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, an institution that oversees and manages the vault.

"As we manage the impact of climate change around the world, the seed vault in Svalbard will be the safety deposit box that ensures we can keep that food supply intact," Cardin told Science Daily.

Indeed, the vault was built to safeguard global agriculture from any natural disasters or war, for example.

"We want a safety net because we do not want to take too many chances with crop biodiversity," Fowler declared to the BBC.

The seeds in the vault remain the property of the countries that send them, and are available through the same institutions that deposited them.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault currently “shelters” more than 525,000 crop varieties, and was established in February 2008 in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard.

It was designed to store “back-up” seeds from collections worldwide so seed collections can be reestablished if lost. Many of the seed collections come from developing countries.



Published on Wednesday, 14th July, 2010 at 15:42 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 14th July 2010 at 16:08.

This post has the following tags: svalbard, global, seed, vault, senator, benjamin, cardin, cary, fowler, global, crop, diversity, trust, .





  
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