[4 June/ NZ Herald]

AgResearch has deposited an assortment of seeds in a remote Arctic doomsday vault, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, to guard against the loss of plant species through war, disease or disaster striking New Zealand. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure facility on the Arctic Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Deposits from the germplasm centre in Palmerston North to the Svalbard vault will continue year-by-year to develop a diverse collection of plant species of interest to New Zealand agriculture, sourced globally such as herbs and legumes, and endangered plant species.