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Syrian Seed Bank Moving Due to War

A major seed bank in Aleppo, Syria, holds genes that might help researchers breed crops to survive climate change. But the conflict tearing the country apart has rendered the bank largely inaccessible for the past four years. Now an effort to duplicate its seed collection at more-accessible locations is ramping up.

On 29 September, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), which runs the bank in Aleppo, …. launched a sister bank in Terbol, Lebanon… Together with a new bank in Rabat, Morocco, it will make thousands of seeds available to researchers.


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