Part of Ukraine’s National Seed Bank, a repository of genetic diversity, was destroyed by an explosion in Kharkiv, and the rest of the collection remains at risk


May 19, 2022

Image from the video showing the damaged research station in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Sergey Avramenko / Youtube

Tens of thousands of seed samples that were part of Ukraine’s national seed collection have been destroyed by a Russian bombing of the city of Kharkov, according to a video posted on YouTube on May 14. The collection was the 10th largest in the world and supplied seeds to breeders in many countries, including Russia.

“Almost everything has turned to ashes,” Sergei Avramenko told The Institute of Plant Breeding named after V.Ya. Юриев in the video that …

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