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Guardian Reports: Brazilian Beans and Japanese Barley to Svalbard

Seeds being deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.Seeds being deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: Neil Palmer for Crop Trust

26 February 2014

The Guardian reports on the addition of Brazilian beans and Japanese Barley to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Some 20,000 plant species from more than 100 countries and institutions will be added to the global seed bank in Norway.

"Each and every single deposit into the vault provides an option for the future," said Marie Haga, the Crop Trust's executive director. "At a time of unprecedented demands on our natural environment, it is critical to conserve plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. This will guarantee farmers and plant breeders continued access to the raw materials they need to improve and adapt crops."

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