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Russian scientists resurrect 30,000 year old plant

Posted on Tuesday, February 21 2012 @ 13:24:00 CET by


Washington Post reports Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. It's the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, it produces white flowers and fertile seeds.
It was an Ice Age squirrel’s treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species.

The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds.

The experiment proves that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient life forms, said the Russian researchers, who published their findings in Tuesday’s issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” of the United States.




 



 

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