Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it was decided to improve

World Bank-semenohranilische - on the island of Spitsbergen, located in the Arctic Ocean, a unique structure was built in 2006. In it was decided to keep planting material of almost all agricultural plants existing in the world, in case the Earth will suffer the sad fate in the event of a nuclear war or a natural disaster, and then have to sow it from scratch. Storage was built on the money of the Norwegian authorities, and at a cost of nine million dollars. Over time it became clear that the project needs to be developed, so Norway is ready to invest additional funds into it.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it was decided to improve

Total expansion and improvement of storage, the Norwegian authorities will allocate NOK 100 million (12, 7 million). For the money it is planned to build an additional service tunnel to get access to the building and the room, which will provide storage backup electricity in case of accidental loss of external power. In addition, the building will be established and run additional cooling system, as well as organized dissipatable heat it. Minister of Agriculture and Food of Norway Jon Dale says that the construction will start very soon. The authorities are convinced that saving such a valuable genetic material - a very important task, which requires a more rapid implementation possible. To date, the store is more than 4, 5 million seeds of various crops (more than 890 000 specimens from different countries), including different varieties of rice, potatoes, corn, wheat, barley and other crops.