What seeds are in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault?

The storage Ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato. In fact, the Vault already holds the most diverse collection of food crop seeds in the world.

Are transgenic seeds allowed in the Svalbard Seed Vault?

Norwegian law, promulgated prior to the establishment of the Seed Vault and intended therefore to apply more generally to research and use of genetically modified organisms in Norway, effectively prohibits importation of genetically modified seeds and their storage in Svalbard at this time.

Can you visit the Global Seed Vault?

The world’s largest secure seed storage can be found in the permafrost close to Longyearbyen. The Global Seed Vault is not open for visitors, but you can join organized trips with guides that will take you close to the entrance.

Where is the biggest seed bank in the world?

Way up north, in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, is the world’s largest secure seed storage, opened by the Norwegian Government in February 2008.

How long do seeds last for?

To keep the seeds cool (ideally, below 50 degrees), some people store them in a jar in their refrigerator or freezer. Seeds in good condition and stored properly will last at least one year and, depending on the plant, may last two to five years.

Is the Oreo doomsday vault real?

The cookie brand partnered with agencies 360i and The Community to unveil the Global Oreo Vault, a real asteroid-proof facility built to protect the Oreo recipe. The vault was inspired by other “doomsday” seed vaults that protect the seeds of the world in case of global catastrophe.

Does the US have a seed vault?

“This is history in the making”: Cherokee Nation becomes first U.S. tribe to preserve culturally important seeds in Arctic “doomsday” vault. The vault was built in 2008 to withstand man-made and natural disasters and is part of an international effort to ensure the preservation of a wide variety of plant seeds.

Who owns Svalbard Global Seed Vault?

the Ministry of Agriculture and Food
The Seed Vault is owned and administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on behalf of the Kingdom of Norway and is established as a service to the world community.

Can I plant seeds from last year?

The simple answer is planting old seeds is possible and okay. The flowers or fruit that come from out-of-date seeds will be of the same quality as if they were grown from fresh seeds. Using seeds from old vegetable seed packets will produce vegetables that are just as nutritious as those from current season seeds.

When did the Svalbard Global Seed Vault open?

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened for deposits officially on February 26, 2008 with the construction of the vault financed entirely by Norwegian Government. The operational cost is currently shared by Norway and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

What was the purpose of the Svalbard seed bank?

Svalbard Seed Bank is meant as a sort of safety net, a reserve of last resort and the vault functions like a genetic safety deposit box.

Where is the seed bank in Spitsbergen Norway?

The seed bank is located in an old copper mine on remote northern island of Spitsbergen, Norway. The main storage is 120m inside a sandstone mountain, on a tectonically dead island. The bank employs a number of robust security and preservation systems.

Are there any flights from Norway to Svalbard?

The low-cost Norwegian carrier Norwegian.no operates several flights a week to Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger. Climb aboard an expedition vessel to visit Svalbard’s abandoned mining towns—glimpsing sea ice, historic posts, and polar bears along the way.