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Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping

A team of scientists in Aleppo won an award for their efforts to preserve plant diversity.

Image via ICARDA.

Syrian scientists are being rewarded for preserving life of another kind. In Norway, they’ve amassed a seedbank of 150,000 seeds in an effort to protect the vast, rich diversity of Syrian agriculture and horticulture. Last week, the guardians of the ICARDA genebank, which stores its seed collection at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian islands, were awarded with the Gregor Mendel Award for their extensive work.

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