Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks 3rd birthday

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

Congratulations to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which celebrates its third birthday today. The huge repository, buried in permafrost in the Norwegian archipeligo of Svalbard, serves as a back-up for more than 600,000 plant seed samples from genebanks around the world. CIAT’s fourth shipment of seeds recently arrived at the Vault, after a 10,000km journey from the genebank atRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

CIAT experts home in on endangered plants – to improve food production & climate change adaptation

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis – crop wild relatives by CIAT CIAT scientists are pinpointing areas around the world for the collection of some of the world’s most important plant species. The team will run computer models to determine the likely locations of endangered wild relatives of some of the world’s most important food crops like wheat, rice and beans. CollectionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

New digital story – Backing up the genebank

10 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT has sent its third consignment of seeds from its gene bank in Colombia, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The Global Seed Vault, buried in permafrost near the North Pole, safeguards material from genebanks from all over the world. In this 3-minute digital story, CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program leader Daniel Debouck likens the process of duplicationRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions