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Ensuring the safety of our seed collections

What if the UKVGB was affected by a major fire or flood, or other local disaster? How would the seed collection survive?

Like many genebanks, we create safety duplicates of our samples and send them to other locations. Most of our samples are duplicated at CGN (The Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands) however we have started a programme of depositing seed samples in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

In February 2020 we took part in a Seed Summit and Seed Deposit Ceremony at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Almost 1000 samples of UK vegetable crops such as cauliflower, carrot and lettuce were placed in the Vault to join the 89 samples already there. We will continue to duplicate samples at both CGN and the SGSV, particularly when we regenerate (produce fresh seed from) each sample.

Find out more about the seed samples sent to Svalbard in 2020

Find out about the Seed Deposit event in February 2020 and the importance of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

What's it like to visit Svalbard? See images of Svalbard and the Seed Vault