The “Baekdudaegan Global Seed Vault” is a facility established and operated at the National Baekdudaegan Arboretum in 2015 to preserve plant genetic resources from natural disasters, wars, and nuclear explosions, and is the world’s first wildlife seed storage facility.
This seed donation is the first case of a deposit at a national and public arboretum since the National Baekdudaegan Arboretum introduced a black box storage system last year to enhance the quality and security of seed storage. The seeds will be stored in seed vaults as the black box was sealed by the depository.
The donated seeds included endangered or rare and specialized plants, and a total of 500 (65 families and 289 species), including seeds grown by the Seoul Botanic Park.
Starting with this donation, the Seoul Botanic Park plans to fulfill its role as a public arboretum by conducting full-fledged research and conservation activities to preserve plant genetic resources.
“We hope that donated seeds will be safely delivered to future generations to contribute to preserving biodiversity,” said Han Jung-hoon, Seoul Botanic Park Director. “We will continue to make efforts to inform citizens of the importance and necessity of preserving plant genetic resources.”