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dc.contributorLusty, Charlotteen_US
dc.contributorYazbek, Marianaen_US
dc.contributorAmri, Ahmeden_US
dc.contributorAsdal, Åsmunden_US
dc.creatorWestengen, Ola T.en_US
dc.identifier.citationOla T. Westengen, Charlotte Lusty, Mariana Yazbek, Ahmed Amri, Åsmund Asdal. (9/11/2020). Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard. Nature Plants, 6, pp. 1311-1317.en_US
dc.description.abstractCrop diversity underpins food security and adaptation to climate change. Concerted conservation efforts are needed to maintain and make this diversity available to plant scientists, breeders and farmers. Here we present the story of the rescue and reconstitution of the unique seed collection held in the international genebank of International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria. Being among the first depositors to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, ICARDA managed to safety duplicate more than 80% of its collection before the last staff had to leave the genebank in 2014 because of the war. Based on the safety duplicates, ICARDA since 2015 have rebuilt their collections and resumed distribution of seeds to users internationally from their new premises in Morocco and Lebanon. We describe the multifaceted and layered structure of the global system for the conservation and use of crop diversity that enabled this successful outcome. Genebanks do not work alone but in an increasingly strengthened and experienced multilateral system of governance, science, financial support and collaboration. This system underpins efforts to build sustainable and socially equitable agri-food systems.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; Non-commercial educational use onlyen_US
dc.sourceNature Plants;6,(2020) Pagination 1311,1317en_US
dc.subjectcrop diversityen_US
dc.titleSafeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbarden_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idYazbek, Mariana: 0000-0001-8610-3809en_US
cg.creator.idAmri, Ahmed: 0000-0003-0997-0276en_US
cg.subject.agrovocseed collectionen_US
cg.contributor.centerNorwegian University of Life Sciences - NMBUen_US
cg.contributor.centerGlobal Crop Diversity Trust - GCDTen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerNordic Genetic Resources Center (NordGen)en_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Asiaen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Europeen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US

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