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A WA scientist is flying to the world's "doomsday'' bunker in the Arctic with precious cargo in his luggage - tiny bacteria able to extract nitrogen from air.
The two-year, $10 million project, which is funded in part by the US Department of Energy, will sequence the genomes of 100 key strains of soil bacteria.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, is a coalmine converted into a giant freezer designed to store seeds from around the world as insurance against disease and a major global catastrophe.
Regarding the funding of the Seed Vault, the Norwegian government funded the construction of the Vault in its entirety (this cost $9 million), and will continue to fund the maintenance of the facility, for an annual cost of circa $150,000. The Global Crop Diversity Trust funds the operation and management of the Seed Vault, as well as the transport of unique seeds from the international collections managed by the CGIAR and from collections in developing countries to the Arctic.
This second component - the transport - is possible through our work with the United Nations Foundation, a partnership which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The complete list of all the Trust's funders can be seen here.
Originally posted by Skywatcher2011
So if this bacteria can naturally produce Nitrogen in the soil at a faster rate, what do you think the intentions and implications of harboring these organisms in "the secret doomsday vault?"
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Fascinating. The location of the vault is probably a very big clue to...something. Why would they store the seeds of life and all these things to sustain them in a place with such a human unfriendly climate and geography?