The Syrian seed bank that keeps going despite the war | Aeon Ideas

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Photo courtesy ICARDA-Science for Better Livelihoods in Dry Areas

For more than four years, the headquarters of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in the Syrian town of Tal Hadya has been occupied by the anti-Assad groups Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. ICARDA is one of 15 major international agricultural research centres, and the site of a seed bank housing some 150,000 samples in temperature-controlled vaults.

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