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NordGen’s seed laboratory:

"The number of seed requests have increased this year"

The number of seed samples requested from NordGen has increased a lot the last few months. In the last two years, the number of distributed seed samples has almost doubled. "This is great news, indicating that the important research infrastructure that the seeds constitute are being used and thereby contributing to new solutions for a more sustainable agriculture."

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the island of Spitsbergen 

Increase with 90%
In NordGen’s seed laboratory, the work is intense already before the sun has risen. Apart from conducting germination tests to guarantee that the Nordic seed collection is of high quality, the seed technicians also pack and distribute thousands of seed samples that researchers and plant breeders order each year. In 2020, NordGen distributed 5 413 seed samples, an increase with almost 90% compared to 2018.

“We have seen a remarkable difference in seed orders the last few years. The seed orders have both increased in number and become more comprehensive. This is probably due to a number of different reasons, but it’s apparent that the genetic material in our seed collection is attractive and that our cooperation with universities and research institutions is working very well,” said Mohammad El-Khalifeh, responsible for the seed orders at NordGen.

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