More news about Svalbard Global Seed Vault

  • Water intrusion at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    2017-05-22 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    The Royal Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Statsbygg, Norway are implementing measures to prevent the season-dependent intrusion of water into the seed vault’s access tunnel. Until then: When water intrudes into the outer part of the seed vault, the water is immediately pumped out again by pumps that work around the clock. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world's backup for crop collections. It currently safeguards more than 930,000 different varieties. The seeds are completely safe and no damage has been done to the facility. Globally, the Seed Vault is, and will continue to be, the safest backup of crop diversity.

  • New seeds from Syria to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    2017-02-27 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    For the first time, seeds that had been retrieved from secure storage have been returned to the seed vault in Svalbard. Forced to retrieve seed deposits from Svalbard in the fall of 2015, the international research centre ICARDA, previously operating out of Aleppo, Syria, was last week returning newly recultivated seed stock.

  • First deposition of seeds from Singapore

    2016-10-18 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    By the hand-over of the seedbags of rice to Jon Georg Dale, the Minister of Agricultre and Food, the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) in Singapore became the depositor number 70 to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Seed Cermony took place during the Signapore State Visit to Norway.

  • Norway contributes to Plant Treaty funds

    2016-02-02 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway will soon disburse near 800 000 NOK to the International Plant Treaty Fund for benefit sharing. This amounts to 0.1 percent of the value of the agricultural seeds and plant material trade in Norway in 2015. This annual contribution from Norwegian agriculture is made in recognition of the contribution which farmers in developing countries are making to preserve plant diversity.

  • Svalbard Global Seed Vault – a new video

    2016-02-01 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Way up north, in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, is the world's largest secure seed storage. A new video produced by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food tells the story about the Vault.

  • 10,000 new seed samples into the vault in October

    2015-10-28 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Five gene banks and research centers on four continents deposited seeds at this year's fifth and final opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A total of 10,060 new seed samples, from gene banks in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, were added to the stores.

  • Svalbard Global Seed Vault returns seeds to Syrian Gene Bank

    2015-10-14 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    In September 2015, 128 crates of seeds for a total of 38.000 seed samples from ICARDA, the International Gene Bank of Syria, were returned from Svalbard Global Seed Vault on ICARDA's request. The seeds will now be sown at ICARDA's research stations in Lebanon and Morocco. The seeds will be recultivated immediately to provide farmers, scientists and developers new, freshly grown seed material. Future plans call for a minor lot to be returned to Svalbard for further long-term vault storage. This is the first time a gene bank has retrieved seeds from the seed vault.

  • EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety to visit Svalbard

    2015-09-18 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety V. Andriukaitis visits Svalbard with the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Sylvi Listhaug and the Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie 20th to 22nd of September.

  • Potato seed deposit at Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    2015-08-26 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Delegations from Peru and Costa Rica will deposit potato seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week. State Secretary Hanne Maren Blaafjelldal participates at the seed deposit together with, among others, Costa Rica's Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, mr Arauz Cavallini, and the Director-General of FAO, mr José Graziano da Silva.

  • Forest seed destined for Svalbard

    2015-02-26 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    For the first time forest tree seeds are officially deposited and stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Sylvi Listhaug together with her Swedish and Danish colleagues Sven-Erik Bucht and Dan Jørgensen, carried the first boxes of Nordic forest tree seeds in to the vault today. This is an important contribution to the conservation of genetic resources.

  • 20,000 new seed samples deposited in Svalbard

    2014-02-27 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    A new shipment of seeds from food plants has been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, that was transported to the seed vault in Longyearbyen this week, contains 20,000 seed samples from Japan, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA.

  • Norwegian contribution to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture's Benefit-Sharing Fund

    2014-02-06 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway is paying close to NOK 700,000 to the International Plant Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. This corresponds to 0.1 per cent of the value of the trade in seed products in agriculture in Norway in 2013, and is an annual contribution from Norwegian agriculture toward the efforts of farmers in developing countries to safeguard plant diversity.