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Monday, February 20, 2012

On another 'regenerating ancient gardens' note

Russians regenerate flowering plant from 30,000-year-old frozen burrow of Ice Age squirrel
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.

Intriguing, yes?

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