Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Syrian War and Doomsday Seed Bank

This news item sounds very futuristic, only it's happening now:

"Doomsday Vault" Request: Scientists Seek over 100,000 seed samples from Arctic Bank for Middle East

"A Lebanon-based seed bank formerly located in war-torn Syria has requested 116,000 crop samples from an international “doomsday vault” in Svalbard to re-establish the collection elsewhere. It is the first such request since the facility opened in 2008.

Forced from its research farm in Aleppo in 2012, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas’ (ICARDA), which provides seed stock for dry Middle Eastern countries, wants almost 130 boxes of seed samples out of the 325 it had deposited in the vault in recent years." - quote from Reuters, 9/22/15 

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