The gray concrete entrance to the massive complex on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, the main city in Svalbard, almost completely blends into the Arctic environment. The doomsday vault is situated on the side of a mountain, with a single door leading the rarely allowed visitor down a 120-meter-long (400-foot-long) tunnel into the mountain.
“Visitors see it as a James Bond kind of place, as extraordinary,” Koch added.
Several recent visitors to the Arctic doomsday vault include a handful of United States Senators and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Approximately two-thirds of the seed samples withdrawn from the vault are reportedly “unique varieties” of ancient seeds from from across Africa and the Middle East.
ICARDA will use the seeds to fulfill the request from crop diversity farmers, breeders, and researchers from around the globe. The agricultural experts will reportedly test the sample strains’ ability to cope with emerging diseases and the impact of climate change.
“We can get, through crossing and breeding, traits that are tolerant to drought, tolerant to heat, tolerant to specific diseases and so forth,” said ICARDA Director-General Mahmoud El-Solh.
The change in temperature and extensive travel route do not reportedly appear to have damaged the Arctic doomsday vault withdrawn seeds.
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