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Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources
Year : 2019, Volume : 32, Issue : 3
First page : ( 303) Last page : ( 306)
Print ISSN : 0971-8184. Online ISSN : 0976-1926.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-1926.2019.00031.7

Global Seed Vault: A Pledge to Mankind

Steffensen Lise Lykke, Axelsson Johan, Asdal Åsmund*

Nordic Genetic Resource Center, Smedjevägen, 323053, Alnarp, Sweden

*Author for Correspondence: Email- asmund.asdal@nordgen.org

Online published on 31 January, 2020.


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened in 2008, as a storage facility for duplicates of seed samples that are conserved in gene bank collections. Many gene banks have faced threats that often caused loss of plant genetic resources due to war and conflicts, natural disasters or lack of human or economic resources.

By mid-2019 the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds today close to one million seed samples that are back-up copies of seeds that are conserved in regular gene banks. The seeds are the property of the depositor gene banks, and the owner gene bank can have the seeds back whenever they might need them.



Gene bank, Plant genetic resources, Seed, Svalbard Global Seed Vault.


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