Navigation Links
ARS sends third seed shipment to Norway seed vault
Date:3/11/2010

This release is available in Spanish.

A shipment of seed sent by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) earlier this month to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway included a wild Russian strawberry that an expeditionary team braved bears and volcanoes to collect.

The seed shipment--ARS' third since January 2008--included wild and cultivated soybeans, semi-dwarf wheat and rice cultivars, and other samples maintained in the agency's National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS). ARS' goal, over the next 10 to 15 years, is have the majority of the system's 511,000 collections stored in the vault, which is administered by Norway's Nordic Genetic Resources Center together with the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

The vault itself is built into a mountainside on Spitsbergen Island, located midway between Norway's northernmost coast and the North Pole. With this third U.S. shipment, the facility will house more than 500,000 plant accessions obtained from around the world. However, the total storage capacity is likely 10 times that amount, notes plant physiologist David Ellis with ARS' National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colo. Ellis coordinates the shipments of seed obtained from multiple ARS locations.

Worldwide, there are about 1,400 operating genebanks. The Svalbard vault's purpose isn't to replace them, but rather to provide a secure remote backup location for the genetic diversity contained in the genebanks, should their collections be lost due to natural disaster or other reasons.

The ship containing ARS' contributions "set sail" the last week of February and arrived the first week of March, adding 10,522 samples of seed to the Svalbard collection. Strawberry specimens included Fragaria iturupensis, a wild relative originally collected in 2003 from the island of Iturup in Far Eastern Russia by scientists from the N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry. Led by senior scientist Andrey Sabitov, an ARS collaborator, the team hiked for three days in bear territory to obtain the seeds from the Atsunupuri Volcano's lower flank.

Horticulturist Kim Hummer of the ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Ore., received some of the seed, which may provide genes for new flavor components or pest resistance. This seed has now been sent to Svalbard for long-term preservation.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jan Suszkiw
jan.suszkiw@ars.usda.gov
301-504-1630
United States Department of Agriculture-Research, Education, and Economics
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Symposium marks 30th anniversary of discovery of third domain of life
2. BIO-key Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
3. Nano vaccine for hepatitis B shows promise for third world
4. New York Stem Cell Foundation announces third annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference
5. BIO-key(R) Announces Additional $245,000 in Third Quarter Public Safety Orders
6. Communication Intelligence Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results
7. Orchid Cellmark Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results
8. Results of the third school nutrition dietary assessment study published
9. CWRU receives $5 million from Ohio Third Frontier Commission
10. Discovery to aid in future treatments of third-world parasites
11. Quest Diagnostics Reports Strong Performance in Third Quarter 2009
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/5/2017)... 2017  The Allen Institute for Cell Science today ... one-of-a-kind portal and dynamic digital window into the human ... first application of deep learning to create predictive models ... and a growing suite of powerful tools. The Allen ... future publicly available resources created and shared by the ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... March 30, 2017  On April 6-7, 2017, Sequencing.com ... Genome hackathon at Microsoft,s headquarters in ... will focus on developing health and wellness apps that ... Hack the Genome is the first hackathon for ... world,s largest companies in the genomics, tech and health ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017  Catholic Health Services (CHS) ... Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for achieving Stage 6 ... sm . In addition, CHS previously earned a ... using an electronic medical record (EMR). ... level of EMR usage in an outpatient setting.  ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... Having worked on the design of the innovative ... it to top lab design architects from around the country at the Lab Design ... Design and Engineering Greg Casey will be at the show, where they will highlight ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... ... Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), a business incubator ... is hosting “Celebration Friday” (a festive gathering highlighting client success stories) and BioBeers ... at 3:30 p.m. at FITCI’s 4539 Metropolitan Court location, off English Muffin Way. ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  Eli Lilly and ... 2 data evaluating galcanezumab for the prevention of migraine ... which will take place April 22-28, 2017, in ... present four abstracts at AAN, including safety and patient ... factors associated with a reduction in monthly migraine headache ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... - Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF) ("Prometic" or ... Congress ("ILC") 2017 of the European Association for the Study ... on the positive effects of PBI-4050 on reduction of non-alcoholic ... syndrome. ... Lyne Gagnon, Vice-President of R&D Pre-clinical of Prometic "This extensive ...
Breaking Biology Technology: