BRIEFS – for Jul. 19, 2010

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Red-hot peppers in ice-cold storage

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A new collection of North American chili peppers was recently delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

The so-called “doomsday” seed vault now contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties, making it the most diverse assemblage of crop diversity amassed anywhere in the world.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections from around the globe. If seeds are lost, e.g. as a result of natural disasters, war or simply a lack of resources, the seed collections may be re-established using seeds from Svalbard.

Bayer recognized for student employment

Bayer CropScience, which has its Canadian head office in Calgary, has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Bayer was chosen for its summer associate program as it hires more than 135 summer students each year. Many work on the company’s farm research plots across Canada.

Bayer also offers young employees benefits, education and development programs such as the customized MBA-style training program in conjunction with the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

The Canada’s Top Employers for Young People competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best benefits for younger workers.

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