11/03/2010 / Cary Fowler (Norway, RLA 1985)

Cary Fowler (Norway, RLA 1985)

Environment, Health & Nutrition, Sustainable Development, 11/03/2010

Svalbard Seed Vault becomes world’s largest

Half a million seeds, about one-third of the world’s crop seeds, contains the Svalbard Global Seed Vault now. Thus it has become the world’s most diverse collection only two years after its opening.

“Some of the regional seed banks are highly vulnerable,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust that oversees the seed collection. “At a regular basis, collections and varieties become extinct.”

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