The Guardian reports that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank near Longyearbyen on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, has flooded due to "melting and heavy rain." The seeds remain safe, according to the article.
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Yeah, there's that.
Another thing is, just as with data backups, you need to verify the viability of what you have.Standard practice is to replant a portion of the stock every X years and collect the resulting new seeds. [google.com]If you don't have soil nearby and a reasonable growing season, that makes things more difficult.
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