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Jul 11, 2010

US Sends Chili Peppers and Sorghum to Svalbard "Doomsday" Vault

The United States donated seeds to Global Crop Diversity Trust, the institution that funds the operation and management of the "Doomsday" seed vault in Svalbard.  The seeds came from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The seeds included:

  • Wenk's Yellow Hots pepper
  • Pico de Gallo or "Rooster's beak" pepper
  • San Juan "Tsile," a New Mexico chili 
  • melons
  • peanuts
  • beans
  • sesame
  • hibiscus
  • squash
  • gourd
  • 448 different varieties of sorghum
For more see: "Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive in Sub-zero Arctic Seed Vault; US Seed Collection Delivers Valuable Varieties of Chili Peppers and Hundreds of Sorghum Varieties, an Essential "Climate Ready" Crop," Agricultural Research Service, USDA, 11 July 2010.

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