CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe.


This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largest collections of beans, forages, and cassava in the world.

The shipment of 3,600 materials―1,842 of beans and 1,758 of tropical forages―was made under the strictest measures of preparation and consignment.

Yearly shipments have been made since 2008 and will continue until 2014, when the duplication of the entire collection should be complete. With this fourth shipment, nearly 70 per cent of the collection (41,394 materials) has been sent.

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