‘Noah’s Ark’ Arctic seed vault gets new crops, recovers to 1 million samples

A “Noah’s Ark” vault in the Norwegian Arctic meant to safeguard the world’s crops will get the single biggest deposit of seeds on Tuesday since it opened in 2008, raising the collection back to more than a million varieties.

Representatives of more than 30 different gene banks around the world will visit the Svalbard Seed Vault, on a Norwegian island 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole, to deposit samples including Peruvian potatoes, English wildflowers and Cherokee corn.

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