Noah's ark protects the thousands of seeds of plant species

You call it that Vegetables Noah's ark and it is the World Seed Bank. It is located in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, about 1,300 kilometers from the North Pole. It is also known as the vault of the end of the world. It stores more than a million seeds of various spices from around the world. Due to climate change and the decline in biodiversity, there was an urgent need to have an endangered crop bank.

Noah's ark contains seeds from all over the world

In February 2020, more than 60,000 seeds from 35 gene banks from different parts of the world came into the ark. Potatoes from the Andes, wheat, rice and wild apple trees from Europe. The Cherokee Nation also sent pumpkin seeds, beans, and especially White Eagle corn, which are sacred seeds to this people.

Noah's ark of plant species
Image from RFI: http: //www.rfi.fres20200225-el-arca-de-noe-vegetal-crece-en-el-corazon-del-artico

There are also seed stocks for some plants that Prince Charles sent. Among them are 27 types of wild plants such as orchids and springs, which come from his highgrove country residence. The seeds of this large shipment came from countries such as Brazil, Germany, the United States, Mongolia, Mali, Great Britain and Morocco.

World Seed Bank Features

The World Seed Bank is the latest security defense for more than 1,700 gene banks worldwide. The aim is to protect plant-producing plants. It can be a solution to the increase in the world's population. Disorder in the climate and changes in ecosystems irreparably endanger the plant species that live on our planet.

In the three ark galleries near the mountains in Longyearbyen, more than a million seed varieties are kept at -18 ° C. These three underground galleries are ready to store 4.5 million species from around the world inside.

From the outside, the building does not suggest that it is so important for the planet's food. You can only see the gray walls that protrude from the frozen snow-covered earth and are lined with mirrors that reflect light. Noah's Ark was born in 2008 on the initiative of the Norwegian government. The original idea is to get 3 million seeds stored for natural disasters, wars, or climate change.

Noah's Ark vegetable seeds
Photo by Cadena Ser –

It was specially developed to withstand natural disasters. In 2016, due to very high temperatures, one of the polar soil layers thawed, which always remains frozen. This caused water infiltration in the main tunnel. To avoid this type of problem, Norway invested 20 million euros to improve the structure of the Noah's ark plant.

Click to rate this entry!
(Votes: 0 Average: 0)

Leave a Comment