Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed, And It’s All Thanks To Squirrels

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Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed

Earth is a place that we all treated as the home.  But there are so many things to stay as mysterious and more to discover. So those strange things have to solve to find those hidden secrets. Such kind of secretive puzzle handed to the six Russian scientists who fuller with the curiosity. 

In 2012, S. Yashina, S. Gubin, S. Maksimovich, A. Yashina, E. Gakhova, and D. Gilichinsky found some 32,000-year-old seeds and able to grow a viable plant from them. These seeds were found in the Siberian permafrost, and it was covered in ice and buried 125 feet underground what most exciting facts were that the ancient squirrels brought these seeds. The flower which blooms from these seeds is a bit similar to doppelgänger grows in Siberia.

Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed
Image credits: Lisi Niesner

The knowledge is still not sufficient to get a conclusion about how these seeds managed to survive for that long. So the scientists started to investigate the DNA of those ancient plants.

Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed
Image credits: Lisi Niesner
Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed
Image credits: Yashina et al.

“I think mankind needs to be thankful for every piece of knowledge that we can create to protect our croplands,” says Professor Margit Laimer, a plant biotechnologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.

Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed
Image credits: Yashina et al.
Scientists Grew A Plant From A 32,000-Year-Old Seed
Image credits: Yashina et al.

Additionally, Researchers investigate furthermore to understand the beginning of the environment. Let’s wish for them and wait for the next fantastic research findings.

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