The worldwide community of plant gene banks has proven resilience and cooperation, rising in significance as an estimated 40% of plant species are threatened with extinction and the crops used to feed the world become much less numerous. A newly revealed paper paperwork the rescue mission of seeds from a gene bank in Syria to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, and discusses the intensive global system for conserving crop variety and why it is crucial to do so. While Svalbardâ€™s vaults store crop seeds, the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is the worldâ€™s largest wild seed conservation venture, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Gene banks are an necessary a part of conservation, however they don’t seem to be adequate on their very own, one knowledgeable says; the wild places and agro-ecosystems these plants come from should also be protected. By the time the warfare broke out in Syria, researchers from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) had already duplicated and safely transported most of their genetic treasure trove to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen, Norway.