Stories
  • Launch of Svalbard's 100-Year Seed Experiment

    Seed longevity is one of the core concerns of long-term seed conservation. But how long does a seed remain viable? The NordGen-led, 100-year seed experiment at Svalbard Global Seed Vault aims to answer that question.

  • All Hail the Rise of the Climate-Smart Potato

    The potential of the potato has only just begun to be realized. Using the diversity found within this crop, scientists are developing climate-smart, disease-resistant potatoes to improve nutrition and food security.

  • Why Global Food Systems Should Resemble Those of the Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous peoples are the original innovators for human nutrition, climate adaptation and survival in the face of dangerous change. There is much to learn from the world’s Indigenous communities, especially when it comes to resilience in food systems.

  • Building Capacity in Collecting and Conserving Crop Wild Relatives

    How do you go about finding and collecting seeds from a scraggly looking crop wild relative in a prairie or a tropical forest, when you’ve never done it before? Once you’ve collected them, how do you keep track of the seeds conserved in your genebank? These are but two of the key questions that have been addressed in numerous workshops that have been carried out worldwide as part of the Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project.

  • Expanding and Improving Genesys

    New updates to the online portal for information on genebank samples make it easier for users to find the accessions they need.

  • One Thing Underpins the Food System We Need

    Another day, another report telling us that the food system must change. The latest is from the U.N. Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE). The report makes a series of concrete suggestions to policy-makers for meeting the SDGs by 2030. Crop Trust’s Director of Science, Luigi Guarino, comments.

  • Back from the Brink: The Bermuda Bean

    This national Eat Bean Day, we’re taking a look at a wild bean variety from Bermuda.

  • A Haven of Diversity

    For the International Day of the Tropics, we’re taking a look at the genebank on the tropical islands of Fiji, the Center of Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of the Pacific Community (SPC).

  • Sustainable Gastronomy Day

    We’re celebrating this observance by looking back at the tasty dishes chefs Ada Parellada and Ska Mirriam Moteane cooked for the GLF Bonn 2020 digital conference.

  • A Sunflower Story

    Early this year, the Crop Trust visited Argentina, where our Crop Wild Relatives Project pre-breeding partners from the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) are evaluating hundreds of new crosses between wild and domesticated sunflowers, searching for resistance against three of the most harmful diseases affecting global production.

  • Rethinking Global Food Systems

    At the Global Landscapes Forum #GLFBonn2020 digital conference, Crop Trust Executive Director, Stefan Schmitz, gave an inspirational talk about why we need to rethink our global food systems, and what role crop diversity plays.