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 duplication and storage in a separate locations to “backing up your hard disk.” He talks about the center’s work to store, protect and conserve plant genetic material for the benefit of current and future generations.

To find out more, and to see the team preparing the latest shipment, click the video screen. If you have difficulty viewing the video here, try the direct link to Blip TV.

Scripts in English and Spanish will follow soon, here on the CIAT blog.

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  • Yassir

    Great video and informative. However, technical terms like 'seed accessions' are going to mystify most non-ag audiences–why not use a simpler term like 'seed collections' that people can easily understand and that gets the meaning across…

  • Neil

    Thanks Yassir – you're absolutely right. Institutional language is often exclusive and at worst, unintelligible. We try and keep it to a minimum – if we keep it at all. On this occasion it slipped through the net. Thanks for the comment and please do keep checking the blog for updates from the world of sustainable agriculture, in plainer English. Neil.