IRRI ships 35.5 million seeds to Svalbard Global Seed Vault
After months of preparation by staff of the Genetic Resources Center (GRC) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://www.irri.org ), led by its head Dr. Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, a replicate set of the Global Rice Collection from 123 countries held by IRRI left on 21 January for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault or Doomsday Vault. See http://www.croptrust.org/main/arctic…. for more information on the global effort.
IRRI is contributing the largest number of accessions for a crop (70,180) and the largest estimated number of seeds (35,577,576).
“All involved have shown excellent commitment, making this a very successful project, and I would like to give a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed,” said Dr. Sackville Hamilton. The IRRI shipment will be the first to arrive in Oslo, Norway, and the first to be deposited in the vault at Svalbard.
The video shows GRC staff members preparing and loading 99 seed containers into a FedEx truck and the truck’s departure.
Added: January 23, 2008
Inside The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Inside The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a “doomsday” storage facility designed to safeguard the world’s crop diversity. This is probably the most important bank in the world, and the worlds insurance for the future.
Added: February 26, 2008
“Noah’s Ark” seed vault opens
Courtesy Global Crop Diversity Trust
and World Science staff
Feb. 26, 2008
A vault designed to protect vanishing seed varieties for future generations opened Feb. 26 on a remote Arctic island.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a project of the Norwegian government, received inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.