Modern Global Seed Vault Has Roots In World War II Russia10:43
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Seed vault entrance as seen at dusk.  (Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust)
Seed vault entrance as seen at dusk. (Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust)

Next week, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway will open so scientists can add 60,000 new seeds to the collection. The vault serves as a kind of Noah's Ark for the globe's seed biodiversity, to have a backup of plant species in case of natural disaster or famine.

But this modern-day, futurist institution actually has its roots in Russia during World War II. Ben Brock Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), host of the WBUR and Reddit podcast Endless Thread, has the story.

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Reindeer near the vault, in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo/Crop Trust)
Reindeer near the vault, in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo/Crop Trust)
Shelves inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault stacked with boxes of seeds from around the world. (Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust)
Shelves inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault stacked with boxes of seeds from around the world. (Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust)

This segment aired on February 23, 2018.

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