About Us

Svalbard Global Seed Vault offers safe, free-of-charge, long-term storage of seed sample duplicates of the crop diversity stored in the world’s genebanks. The seeds are stored under black box conditions according to FAO’s genebank standards.

The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) is the Nordic countries’ genebank and knowledge centre for genetic resources. NordGen is responsible for the operations of the Seed Vault in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the international organization Crop Trust.

The Seed Portal of Svalbard Global Seed Vault is used for managing the more than one million seed samples currently stored in the Seed Vault. NordGen is responsible for maintaining the Seed Portal which is updated after each new deposit of seed samples.