Singapore deposits rice seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
October 18, Oslo: The Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) in Singapore has become depositor number 70 to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, after handing-over the seedbags of rice to Jon Georg Dale, the Minister of Agricultre and Food, at the Seed Cermony in Signapore on Tuesday.
Rice is the most widely cultivated crop in Asia and plays a very important role in the livelihood, history and culture of the people in Asia. The availability of rice lines that are naturally bred and imbued with traits to combat bacterial and fungal diseases as well as to overcome environmental challenges can help enhance global rice supply. These rice lines are specially selected for their agronomic traits and grain quality to contribute to the long-term food security needs of the region.
The Oslo Times