Jun 19, 2019 | Updated: 09:31 AM EDT

Doomsday: The Largest Seed Vault In The World Is Loaded With 50,000 Seeds

Feb 28, 2017 01:39 AM EST

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(Photo : GoPro/Youtube) Follow world-renowned scientist Cary Fowler into the heart of the arctic, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault lies nestled in the frozen Norwegian landscape. Among the most important buildings in the world, the Seed Vault holds the key to human survival: more than 880,000 seed samples, the largest collection in the world. These seeds are critical because, unless safeguarded, agriculture biodiversity is at risk of decline in the face of changing environmental and population pressures.

The doomsday seed vault in the Arctic Circle which is one of the largest seed vaults in the world, expanding its size with more collection of seeds. Several countries from all over the world have donated approximately 50,000 seed samples to the vault for future Crisis. The vault was built in 2008 on the Svalbard archipelago island which is located between Norway and the North Pole.

According to the report by Mail Online, the vault can withstand against nuclear or biological attack. It is a storage place of 2,000 cultivars for 300 different species which include crop seeds such as beans, rice, wheat and other seeds and rhizomes. New see collections were gathered from Lebanon, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and the UK.

 The seed vault has a foolproof storage facility. Now it is the home of nearly one million samples that make the vault world’s biggest collection of agricultural biodiversity. The executive director of the Crop Trust and manager of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault said in a statement,“Together, the nations that have deposited their seed collections account for over a quarter of the world's population”.

Live Science reported that there are more than 1700 gene banks in the vault. Those banks are holding the collections of food crops. This seed vault has the back-up of the Back-ups. In the case of power failure, the vault would still stay frozen and sealed for at least 200 years.The doomsday Vault is perched on the side of a mountain. By entering the gate visitors have to travel through the 120-meter-long solid rock tunnel.

By the request of International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria becomes the first country to withdraw seed during the civil war. Back in 2012 ICARDA moved their Head Quarter to Beirut from Aleppo in Syria due to the Syrian conflict.housands of seeds have been safely delivered to nearby Morocco and Lebanon by secret shipment.

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