posted on Dec, 9 2012 @ 10:54 AM
reply to post by intrptr
I have personally stored seed in the most horrendous conditions, and they germinated and grew a full life cycle. You may affect germination rates
slightly, and it all depends on the seed as well.
Due to lack of space I had all of my seed stored in my bedroom directly above the woodstove for 2 years,they endured temps of close to 90 degrees, I
then moved it into a 55 degree crawlspace. Even with their horrible treatment I had a 90-95 % germination rate from 5 year old seed this last spring.
I have also grown Maltese Cross from 40 year old seed that was treated worse than my veggie seeds.
Germination of a seed requires water and warmth to start, the moisture (if any) inside of a seed will not cause it to spontaneously grow. I am sure
they are stored to prevent that happening anyway. Otherwise, I would have flowers sprouting everywhere when we get our first spring warm up, and it
never happens. Even though I want it to by then.
I think Svalbard will be ok, even with complete power outage. They built it into the permafrost for a reason. For those of you unfamiliar with
permafrost, it is an excellent insulator even on the hottest day, and will stay cold enough to protect the seeds. I have dug a trench on a 70 degree
May day and found ice crystals that will not immediately melt when exposed to the air, I have to let the ground acclimate before I can start any new
Temperature fluctuations are not the best for any seed, but with the complete stasis that they are putting them in, even that big of a jump should be
ok, even for very long term storage. Besides, all they would theoretically need, when and if the time comes to grow them, is a few plants to harvest
fresh seed from. It may take an extra growing season to produce an actual crop, but the purpose here is to preserve species, not to feed
edit on 9-12-2012 by woodsmom because: added germination info