Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Interesting Plant-Related Science News

Here is an article from The New York Times on the apparent success of a team of Russian researchers in propagating and flowering a small wildflower called narrow-leafed campion (Silene stenophylla) from cells that had been frozen in Siberian permafrost soil for 32,000 years:

Dead for 32,000 Years, an Arctic Flower is Revived

For those who can read German, here is a somewhat shorter article on the same topic from the website of the German public television news program Tagesschau:

Forscher lassen 30.000 Jahre alte Blume erblühen

Before this I had read about really old seeds being germinated successfully - like the Masada date palm referenced in The New York Times article - but this regeneration of new plants from preserved tissue seems like it could open up much greater research opportunities.

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