“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan Current Biology

18th May 2014

Photo with 325 notes

A keeper of seeds hopes to save the world from starvation
The Global Seed Vault on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, is built to protect the world’s seed diversity from natural disasters and warfare. Designed to last 10,000 years, this vault is the world’s insurance policy, a way to ensure that humanity never runs out of diverse sources of food to grow.

Some 1,400 seed banks exist all around the world, but in general they are working collections used by plant breeders and biology researchers who retrieve seeds to work on. The Global Seed Vault, which houses 825,000 unique seed samples, is the insurance for these local vaults, a backup to the backup. As food security comes under threat from climate change — a recent Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change report projects that future wheat yields will drop by two percent per decade — crop diversity is necessary to ensuring a stable, sustainable food supply. We’ll need to try many kinds of crops to see what grows in our new weather.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault at Night.

A keeper of seeds hopes to save the world from starvation

The Global Seed Vault on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, is built to protect the world’s seed diversity from natural disasters and warfare. Designed to last 10,000 years, this vault is the world’s insurance policy, a way to ensure that humanity never runs out of diverse sources of food to grow.

Some 1,400 seed banks exist all around the world, but in general they are working collections used by plant breeders and biology researchers who retrieve seeds to work on. The Global Seed Vault, which houses 825,000 unique seed samples, is the insurance for these local vaults, a backup to the backup. As food security comes under threat from climate change — a recent Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change report projects that future wheat yields will drop by two percent per decade — crop diversity is necessary to ensuring a stable, sustainable food supply. We’ll need to try many kinds of crops to see what grows in our new weather.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault at Night.

Tagged: Seed vaultSvalvardNorwayDiversityPlantsBiologyScience

()

  1. deadlyrandomness reblogged this from trashyfiction
  2. han-nara reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  3. guimauvelapin reblogged this from thedomesticapproach
  4. youatthebarricades reblogged this from thedomesticapproach
  5. thedomesticapproach reblogged this from starfoozle
  6. oceananocturna reblogged this from currentsinbiology
  7. euglossia-watsonia reblogged this from 2uglypeople
  8. mynameisnicollewithtwols reblogged this from i-just-suck-so-much
  9. i-just-suck-so-much reblogged this from jessamygriffin
  10. schnattergans reblogged this from jessamygriffin
  11. good-madness reblogged this from trashyfiction
  12. infinite-sherlockandpacific reblogged this from trashyfiction
  13. trashyfiction reblogged this from jessamygriffin
  14. jessamygriffin reblogged this from myintimatefriend
  15. alwaystrifecta reblogged this from eatgeekstudy
  16. buscemivida reblogged this from vhsdreaming
  17. alienschema reblogged this from twelve-sunflowers
  18. vhsdreaming reblogged this from morissassy
  19. twelve-sunflowers reblogged this from earthquakeskin
  20. earthquakeskin reblogged this from morissassy
  21. ununnilium reblogged this from fredscience
  22. gros-s reblogged this from 2uglypeople
  23. 2uglypeople reblogged this from morissassy
  24. morissassy reblogged this from currentsinbiology