With the help of science, 32,000-year-old seed blooms again

· July 6, 2020

With the help of science, the oldest plant ever to be “regenerated” has been grown from 32,000-year-old seeds. The previous oldest seed to accomplish that was only 2,000 years old. Using radiocarbon dating, scientist were able to estimate the age of the fruits at  31,800 ± 300 years old. They also believe that squirrels were the ones to bury the plants at that time. 

The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  According to the findings, this might lead to even more regeneration of plants — if the conditions are right. “This indicates that the whole Beringia has a great potential as storage of ancient life preserved in permafrost.” 

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