Scottish institute contributes rare potato seeds to global seed vault

Image result for rare potato varietiesA global seed vault designed to protect resources from future environmental catastrophes has received the first genetic potato material from the UK. The seeds are part of the Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC) based at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee. The material will be stored at the Global Seed Vault, which is housed in a mountain on an island halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The CPC was established in the 1930s by British botanists and collectors. It is one of seven large potato genetic banks in the world and aims to safeguard the genetic diversity of the crop. BBC report