Svalbard Seed Bank

Svalbard Seed Bank is meant as a sort of safety net, a reserve of last resort and the vault functions like a safety deposit box in a bank. It stores duplicate specimens from genebanks worldwide and while the Svalbard seed bank owns the building, the individual depositor owns the contents of his or her box and the access to individual specimens is regulated by their respective depositors. The facility has a capacity to conserve 4.5 million seed samples. With approximately 1.5 million distinct seed samples of agricultural crops thought to exist, the Svalbard Seed Bank can store roughly three of each sample. Under the current temperature conditions in the vault temperatures similar to those in a kitchen freezer the seed samples can remain usable to begin new crops for anywhere from 2000 to 20,000 years.

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