(PERU) - Several species of Peruvian potatoes, some that date back to the Inca Empire, are being sent to a figurative "doomsday vault" amid fears that several varieties are at risk of disappearing, reports the BBC.
The ice vault, located inside a mountian in the Arctic circle, will soon house samples of around 1,500 varieties of potatoes from farmers in the country who want to protect certain South American highland species.
"Peruvian potato culture is under threat," Alejandro Argumedo, a plant scientist involved in the project, told the BBC. "Sending seeds to the [vault] will help us to provide a valuable back-up collection - the vault was built for the global community and we are going to use it."
The crops will join other samples of the world's food supply that have been sent to the Svalbard seed vault to be protected from natural and human disaster.
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