During the siege of Leningrad, 12 scientists starved to death rather than eat the grains stored at Pavlosk Agricultural Station, the world’s first seed bank. According to an AP story, their efforts to save the seeds for future generations may now be in vain after a Russian court approved plans to raze the station’s fields of plants so a developer can build luxury homes.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed to preserve the world's crops, turns one year old today
By Susannah F. LockePosted 02.26.2009 at 5:44 am 0 Comments
What do you get a seed bank for its birthday? More seeds, of course.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault celebrates its first birthday today with the addition of 90,000 seed samples. The vault serves as a heavy-duty backup for gene banks around the world, which strive to save humanity (and our food supply) from the scourges of monoculture and environmental catastrophes.