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I think the seed bank is a great idea.  However, the pollinators also need
to be preserved, for without them the plants will bear no fruit.

-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Charles Childress
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:41 AM
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Subject: Re: [RM] World Seed Bank?

I'm not as worried about the records keeping aspect of the project as I 
am  the fear that GMF growers, I won't mention any names (Monsanto), 
may be trying to sneak some of their genetically modified "Roundup 
Ready" seeds (of destruction) among others (GMO Corn) into the 
collection.

The phrase "Contains High Fructose Corn Syrup" comes to mind here.

Cheers


On Friday, March 7, 2008, at 03:48 PM, Gerry McFatridge wrote:

> Rainer Naus asks:
>
> Anyone know what type of database they are using to keep track of the
> inventory?  Just curious.
>
>
>
> I've not seen any details on the recordkeeping aspect. All I have been
> able to find is this which is taken from the Global Crop Diversity 
> Trust
> website:
>
> *****
> Packaging, shipment and information management
> Genebanks sending seed would be required to place the seed in 
> specified,
> standard-size foil packages inside a standard-size box.
>
> The Trust expects to provide support for the ongoing operations of the
> Seed Vault, and to provide funding for the preparation and shipment of
> seeds from developing countries to the facility. Provision of 
> assistance
> from the Trust would only be granted for those collections that satisfy
> the Trust's normal funding criteria, and relevant policies established
> by the Seed Vault.
>
> The Nordic Gene Bank will establish and maintain a public on-line
> database of samples stored in Svalbard. In addition, a hardcopy would 
> be
> kept inside each box in the facility. All records would indicate both a
> Svalbard and a depositor identification number. Depositors of seed will
> provide a complete electronic inventory of the samples with generally
> recognized passport, characterization, and evaluation data when
> available.
> ******
>
>
> I would guess their retention schedule is pretty simple: SEEDS -
> PERMANENT <grin>
>
> Actually though from what I have read since the seeds that are 
> deposited
> there are still the property of the donor and the donor can take them
> out at any time and the contracts for seed storage there only run for 
> 10
> year periods it is not actually a permanent repository. It's apparently
> meant to be more of a backup to other storage sites.
>
> Gerry
>
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