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Svalbard Global ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault is opening its doors for VIP seeds from Australia and different countries

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Svalbard Global Doomsday Seed Vault is opening its doors for VIP seeds from Australia and different countries

The Doomsday Vault is opening its doors for some, VIP seeds from Australia and different countries this week. Situated in the icy circle in Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds the world’s largest collection of agricultural samples.

It will this week get new deposits from is gene banks in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Recently around 150 species were deposited for the first time for the Seed Vault.

“Most of these are deposited by the Australian Pastures Genebank, which sent seeds from about 100 new species of forage crops,” Svalbard Global Seed Vault said in a statement.

Included for the seed deposit will be millet, sorghum, and wheat; crops on which people are dependent.

After the current week’s deposit an aggregate, of 1,145,693 seed samples of almost 6,000 plant species will be gotten inside the vault.

The samples serve as “back-ups” on the off chance that a species comes under risk.

“While there may be a role for the Seed Vault in the event of a global catastrophe, its value is considered to lie much more in providing back-up to individual collections if the original samples, and their duplicates in conventional gene banks, are lost due to natural disasters, human conflict, changing policies, mismanagement, or any other circumstances,” the website states writes.

The depository just opens a few times every year, to assist with protecting the plant samples within.

The doors will close again on February 18.

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