Hidden inside a mountain on a separated Norwegian island, agricultural organizations from around the world happen to be participating to safeguard important plants in case of global disaster.
Including medical cannabis.
By protecting genetic substance within an insulated, underground facility, the Svalbard Global Seedling Container hopes to guard against the permanent loss of plants that humanity relies on for food in addition to medication.
According to a Marijuana.com examination of Svalbard’s data bank, you will find 21,500 cannabis seed products being held for safekeeping in the vault. That’s much more marijuana seeds than you can find asparagus, blueberry or even raspberry seeds stored at the area. There are more marijuana genetic makeup inside the “Doomsday Seed Vault” than there are for artichoke, cranberry and also pear combined.
The stored cannabis seeds are derived from at least Seventeen countries, many of which aren’t in any respect unexpected, like The Netherlands. Five hundred of the cannabis seed products, nevertheless, come from North Korea. None originate from the United States.
While the government of Norway is the owner of in addition to operates the Svalbard vault itself, with assistance from the Nordic Genetic Research Center along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Global Crop Diversity Trust, the seed products are actually properties of the gene banks which stored them there.
Since the area started out in 2008, we have seen 39 deposits of marijuana seeds by 3 individual organizations: the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center, situated in Sweden and Norway.
Most recently, on April 9 of this yr the Austrian team placed 1,000 seed products each from France, The Netherlands, Poland as well as its own country.
The vault’s area, about 800 miles from the North Pole, was decided on due to its permafrost and deficiency of tectonic activity. Which means the seed products will remain cold even in the event of an electric failure, and the bunker they’re contained in is impossible to be broke open by an earthquake or perhaps volcanic eruption. And, due to the fact it’s positioned 430 feet above sea level, the premises will remain dry even if global global warming causes the ice caps to liquefy.
As a 17-minute Svalbard promo video puts it, the vault is “built to stand up to a serious future.”
While the seed bank’s prospective value in case of global apocalyptic catastrophe is what gets the most interest, it really has more mundane – however essential – daily uses. Svalbard “is a back-up database for safety replicates of seed accessions stored in conventional gene banks around the world,” Ola Westengen, Svalbard’s coordinator of operation and management, told Marijuana.com in an email.
By defending duplicates of seeds from the 1,400 typical seed banks all over the world which are in active use by research workers and also breeders, the remote below ground premises can serve as an insurance policy against localized crop failures, fires, floods and civil instabilities that could jeopardize important plant genetic makeup that individuals around the world depend on to survive.
“The Svalbard Global Seed Container gives us the opportunity of retaining a back-up copy of the materials that we are conserving right here,” reveals Desterio Nyamongo, a geneticist with all the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in Africa. “Just in case we lose our components via a natural disaster.”
Svalbard’s online databases doesn’t detail which distinct strains of marijuana are now being saved for post-apocalyptic pleasure, although only eight of the deposits are described in the database as “hemp,” with the other Thirty one detailed as “marijuana.”
Without any approach to know which strains are being kept at Svalbard at this time, how can marijuana lovers make certain that high quality marijuana genetics symbolizing a multitude of cultivars with diverse uses will be conserved for generations to come?
“All genebanks on the planet are welcome to utilize the Svalbard Global Seed Container,” the organization’s web site claims, “as long as they go along with the principles of operations and also satisfy the requirements” outlined in the facility’s guidelines for submission.
Therefore maybe several master cultivators from California, Colorado or somewhere else is going to take on the task of delivering premium Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Jack Herer or O.G. Kush seeds to Svalbard’s vault to prevent those strains from being lost forever in the event of a zombie attack, alien invasion, nuclear war, asteroid impact or other apocalyptic scenario.
The future of marijuana may depend on it.