New crop entering Arctic seed vault for preservation

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Peruvians in Svalbard: representatives of indigenous Andean communities will deposit 750 potato seeds. Photo: Luis Salazar.

Potato seeds once thought lost to the Andean people who introduced them to the world will now be safeguarded for future generations in a seed vault in the Arctic.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Thursday that a ceremony is taking place in Svalbard, Norway, for scientists and delegations to witness the deposit.

The operation is co-funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, whose mission is to conserve the planet’s crop diversity.

Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Luigi Guarino, a senior scientist at the Trust, and began by asking him how seeds can be preserved for future generations.

Duration: 4'23"

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