Tajik wheat heading to Arctic seed vault

Staff Report

2012-02-29

LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY – Rare wheat and barley from the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan is among the 24,948 global samples that will arrive this week at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, according to a February 28 Burness Communications press-release.

Other contributors are the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Syria, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, and the national crop gene banks of Tajikistan and Armenia. All samples represent rare heritage seeds from around the world.

The Tajik shipment of wheat and barley from the Pamir Mountains, often called the "Roof of the World," represent the first time seeds from Tajikistan will be deposited in Svalbard.

The mission is designed to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity.

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