10,000 more seed varieties added to the GCDT seed-bank in the Arctic
This may seem right out of a post-apocalypse sci-fi movie, but yes, humankind does have a seed-bank containing 825,000 samples of seeds, nestled in the Arctic. This seed-bank will help provide a backup to the network of seed banks around the world in case of war, natural disasters or alien invasions. Currently, about 10,000 new varieties of crops from around the world are being added to the seed-bank, which now represents 13,000 years of agricultural history!
The vault is managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) and four shipments of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, peal millet, chickpea, groundnut, Asian and African aubergine and a few thousand more crops will soon be deposited here. if all goes to dust, this vault in the Arctic is perhaps the only chance human beings have to restore the earth to its blossoming glory!
[Via – Science-Health]