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Thai rice deposition 2013

A delegation from Pathum Thani Rice Research Center Thailand, led by Mr. Chairit Damrongkiat, DG of the Rice Department, recently visited Svalbard and The Global Seed Vault. The delegation brought the first deposition of rice seeds from The National Rice

Vault. The delegation brought the first deposition of rice seeds from The National Rice Genebank. The genebank was seriously affected by the large flooding in 2011 before any seeds could be sent to Svalbard, why the deposition in Svalbard had been delayed. The formal delivery of the seeds took place at a small ceremony inside the Vault of July 4th 2013.

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Professor Roland von Bothmer from NordGen and Mr. Chairit Damrongkiat, DG of the Rice Department, with the first Thai rice deposit outside the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard

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The Thai delegation together with Roland von Bothmer, NordGen, in Chamber 2 of the Global Seed Vault.

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Dr Somsong Chotechuen from Pathum Thani Rice Research Center, places the box with unique rice germplasm from Thailand in its final place in The Global Seed Vault for backup storage.

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