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Seeds on Ice In the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not waiting for doomsday, but is a secure backup for crop diversity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2016 (English)In: American Scientist, ISSN 0003-0996, E-ISSN 1545-2786, Vol. 104, no 5, 304-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Closer to the North Pole than to the Arctic Circle, remote and rocky Plateau Mountain in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard seems an unlikely spot for any global effort, much less one to safeguard agriculture. In this frigid and dramatically desolate environment, no grains, no gardens, no trees can grow. Yet at the end of a 130-meter-long tunnel chiseled out of solid stone is a room filled with humanity’s most precious treasure, the largest and most diverse seed collection ever assembled: more than a half-billion seeds.

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2016. Vol. 104, no 5, 304-309 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305539ISI: 000381446800018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305539DiVA: diva2:1038995
Available from: 2016-10-20 Created: 2016-10-19 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved

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