Jul 12, 2010 1:05 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado seeds placed in doomsday vault

Seeds from Colorado were placed in a doomsday vault over the weekend.

Wenk's Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallos and the unpredictably hot San Juan "Tsiles" chili peppers are now in a vault on a remote archipelago in the Arctic.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., says he and other congressmen delivered seeds on Sunday to a Norwegian seed bank on the remote Svalbard archipelago. Operators say the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has the world's most diverse repository of crop seeds and is a safeguard against war or natural disasters that could wipe out food crops.

The seeds came from a Department of Agriculture collection in Colorado.

In addition to peppers, seeds for plants including peanuts and melons were sent to the vault.

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