As climate change becomes a very real global problem, scientists are stocking up the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The vault, which is stationed on a Norwegian island in the arctic, aims to protect the world’s crops in the event of a climate catastrophe. In anticipation of a global need for food in the future, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) recently added 10,000 new varieties of food crops from around the world to the vault.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault already hosts over 825,000 samples of seeds from around the world, but the recent additions amp up the vault’s crop contents. The new deposit of 10,000 seeds includes shipments from four gene banks around the world- Bulgaria, Colombia, India and Taiwan. These gene banks store seeds for crops from over 100 countries world wide.
The new deposit includes food crops such as wheat, barley, corn, chickpea and millet. In addition to these grains, the deposit also includes a variety of African vegetables like okra and amaranth.
The vault is intended to safeguard future food supply from disasters such as climate change, war and natural disasters, but also increased demand by a growing population. With the effects of climate change in mind, the vault will maintain crop diversity, as well as preserve plants varieties so future research to develop plants that can withstand climate change.
Via Daily Mail